It was a doctor who once said “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn the more places you’ll go”. That was, of course, Dr Seuss in his wonderful book I Can Read with My Eyes Shut! Dr Seuss, also known as Theodor Seuss Geisel, was not a pediatrician, but he has had enormous impact on the health of millions of children. He did this by creating literature that was simultaneously wacky, inviting and subliminally educational.
The 2016 MISJ Reading Festival, with a theme of ‘Books Bring Stories to Life’, saw students and teachers celebrating literature during the week of November 8. The festival included a visit by a professional author, a poster making competition, fashion show and grade level activities that promote a love for reading.
On the first day, book characters came to life as students dressed up as their favorite characters. They sashayed down the catwalk during the fashion show to the applause and cheers of the school. The Grade 1 and 2 students were able to meet the author, Chandrewening, of the children’s books like Gloob and the Hari Pertama Sekolah Series. The students had fun hearing about her story and how she became an author.
On the second and third day, students wore their sleeping attire for Pajama Day and national costumes for United Nations Day. The Grade 1 students had Mystery Readers where they were able to hear stories in their respective classrooms. For Grade 2, they did Book Swapping, Grade 3 did Book Sharing and Grade 4 & 5 did Folk tales and Story Sharing. These activities definitely showed the students that books can come to life. To close the week, students wore their Halloween themed costume in school.
Did you catch the award winning performance of our very own MSJ faculty during this year’s ‘The Emperor’s New Hair’, based on the story ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’? Once again the teachers made the school laugh out loud.
This week was also full of trivia and contests. The ‘Guess the Teacher Wall contest was a popular event, where the students had to guess 21 teachers hiding behind a book. The trivia was also a favorite where they had to guess which country Halloween originated from. The Digital Club also created their posters following the theme for this year. Congratulations to all the winners from this year’s Reading Festival.
This year’s Reading Festival was a joyous celebration of reading, one of many events that brought the MISJ community closer together. The involvement and support of everyone proves the positive impact reading has on a person’s life. We look forward to next year’s Reading Festival!
Homeroom Teacher Grade 1
Mentari School Jakarta