How much do you appreciate literacy? How do you encourage literacy in your family or with students? How do you demonstrate your love and passion for literacy?
These are questions that I would have not been able to answer during the first 15 years of my life. I attended school while living in Guatemala but I didn't appreciate how much the literacy I was learning in my home country was going to be the core and foundation to everything I have accomplished here in the USA. Read more about my journey here!
From the year I started working as a teacher assistant in 2004 to today -- Literacy has been something I've learned to embrace and enjoy. The foundations of the English language I learned sitting in a first-grade classroom as a teacher's assistance helped me understand how language works to make sense of words and use them to comprehend text and to write our own story.
As a friend, parent, teacher, sister, and aunt, I'm always looking for ways to encourage young children to read and write. One way I do this is by celebrating literacy on days that are nationally or internationally recognized - For example, there is National Multicultural Books Day (1/29), World Read Aloud (2/3), Library Lovers Day (2/14), National Write Your Story Day (3/14), Childre's Book Day (4/2), Día de los libros (4/30), National Book Lovers Day (8/9), National Read a Book Day (9/6), International Literacy Day (9/9), I Love to Write Day (11/15), etc!!
That's why tomorrow, September 8th, 2021 we are celebrating literacy in our English as a Second language classroom.
Literacy Celebration Layout
We will begin our day analyzing this image. We'll be using our Canvas' discussion feature to respond to the image.
Maybe some brainstorming questions could be...What do you do see? How does this picture or information make you feel? What changes can we do based on the information?
I am hoping that this image serves as a visual of how important it is to READ EVERY DAY!
I also created a Wakelet with a few online resources for students to read online. All of the platforms I have made available are FREE. Some may require students to sign up for a class I've created but it is super kid-friendly.
Click below to see all the resources to READ ONLINE ? ? ?
I am also providing students with this calendar with will be updated every month. These calendars are available for download for FREE through EPIC.
These calendars give students great ideas as to what to read on EPIC and or in general. These are also available in black & white to print out and hand to students.
If you want to read more about International Literacy Day, click HERE~
This article is great with ideas to instill the love of reading - read it HERE.
If you like these ideas and resources, let me know! I'd live to hear how you use these. I am always looking for ideas to better serve my students.
Thank you so much for reading!