A child who reads will become an adult who thinks!
To enhance creativity, imagination, build confidence, focus, memory, empathy, and communication skills, a Reading week was conducted across all grades at CMR NPS from February 1-4, 2022. Each day began with various activities that highlighted how the words in every book never fail to take its readers to a world that is filled with colours and excitement.
On Friday, Feb 4, 2022, to mark the last day of Reading Week, our school invited the students of Grade 3 & 4 to join the Morning Meeting session dressed as their favourite book character.
Look, it’s Annabeth Chase (Vedasri, on the left)
and the Sleeping Beauty (Deetya)! —>
The students participated in huge numbers and showcased their versatility with the help of their favourite characters from the books they loved to read. They were all smartly dressed up and took part with much enthusiasm. The students presented themselves by sharing information about the characters they depicted.
We saw a wide array of characters from various renowned books and TV shows. From Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Annabeth Chase, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty to Krish in Roll No 21, Princess Elsa from Frozen, the
students easily took us to their respective imaginary worlds and shared their thoughts on their characters. Each student gave us a glimpse of each of their characters and took us for a ride through the magical world of books. It was great to see all the eye-popping colours, costumes, and creativity. Who knew that there were so many characters that captivated these young minds?
Pictured above is Shreyoshee, all decked up! (Kelly, from Just Add Magic).
Striking a pose is Mehek, as Hermoine Granger (Harry Potter series). —>
Reading books helps in the development of a child’s young brain and opens up a world of imagination. The use of oral language to express their thoughts about the character, story, or even the message of the story helps the child to improve their concentration, vocabulary, and language skills. We also saw their creativity come out when they dressed up as their favourite characters with whatever material was readily available to them.
Though dressing up as their character is a fun activity by itself it also provides the children an opportunity to explore the characters and get inspired by how these characters faced challenges, overcome obstacles, and made a difference in the world.
As Dr. Rudine Sims, recipient of Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime says,
“Literature transforms human experience and reflects it back on us and in that reflection, we can see our own lives”,
when kids start seeing themselves as a character in the book it helps them form a connection to the book better.
The teachers were left enthralled with their endearing acts. The event concluded with the encouraging words of the teachers in charge who appreciated the admirable performances of the students and the effort taken by their parents. I mean, just look at Pranav as Harry Potter, and Anwitha as Cinderella!
As an old saying goes,” An hour spent reading is one stolen from paradise”, reading books is a marvellous adventure that every one of us is sure to cherish for time immemorial. A book is the only gift that never ceases to amaze us every time we open it. Wait no more! Pick a book and get immersed in an entirely new world of adventure and knowledge.