Our Fascinating Journey Through the ‘Forest of Reading’
– Ann Patchett
“Every time we read a new book I am excited to know what it is about.” S.R.
“I am learning about how sometime authors use their senses when they are writing stories.” J.L.
“Actually when you read more books we learn new words.” N.K.
“When we read books we learn creative language.” E.K.
“When I read books I feel excited and confident.” R.Z.
During the last two weeks, our Grades One students have been profoundly immersed in the fine literature provided by this year’s Forest of Reading. The latter is an initiative of the Ontario Library Association. It is Canada’s largest reading program. It comprises of eight reading sequences that have been developed to encourage a love of reading amongst people of all age groups, as well as, celebrate Canadian books, publishers, authors and illustrators.
The ten new fiction picture books our Grades One and Two students are introduced to fall under the Blue Spruce award program. The texts are written and illustrated by nominated authors and illustrators for the award.
“Illustrations can act as symbols.” L.V.
The language curriculum specifies some of the many characteristics of ‘successful language learners’ as the ability to, “think critically, and to make meaningful connections between themselves, what they encounter in texts, and the world around them.” Our goal as educators is to empower our students with the knowledge and skills they need to be able to make meaning, and to analyze any text with a critical eye.