Blog – Part one
“Try reading a book while solving a crossword puzzle. That is the intellectual environment of the internet” – Nicholas Carr.
Well if we refer to this quote in today’s time, I find it quite funny because haven’t we all become professionals in doing multiple tasks, especially on ‘the internet’. But, when it comes to reading, I am sure everyone of us likes at least one particular genre; be it sci-fi, drama, fantasy or even fan fictions and many more. Luckily, at Hasanat, we have our very own D.E.A.R week in which we just Drop Everything And Read.
Why should we read?
Why are we always told to read? –
To answer these questions, let me quote Yuxuan Wang, “We learn to read and read to learn”. Reading improves and develops vocabulary, and opens your mind to a whole new world of imagination and a sea of knowledge. Now the question is, why would you choose to read over gaming? Well, TV and computer games have their place, but they are more like an amusement. Reading targets a completely different area of your brain. It lets you imagine what a story can be or how the characters may look and how each scene may unfold, instead of feeding you others’ imaginations. All the consumable media we have at our disposal can destroy imagination and deflate attention spans significantly; especially in younger kids. It is necessary to feed your brain with a healthy balance of reading material and other media to lead your imagination to its utmost supremacy.
All the athletes out there know how important exercise is to maintain a good physique. Similarly, our brain is a muscle and requires exercise. “Reading is to mind what exercise is to the body” – Joseph Addison. Which means, the more you read the smarter you get, is that cool or cool. Good reading skills, especially in a phonics reading program, improve spelling. As students learn to sound out letters and words, spelling them becomes easier. So, the solution to your inevitable problem with typos is – JUST READ.
Tip-The act of reading a text aloud is more effective in remembering information than reading it silently or just hearing it being read aloud. (let’s hope we remember things much better than before.)
Blog Part 2
We talked about how important reading is, now let’s take a moment to ponder upon what to read (since we also talked about reading aloud helps you remember better, make sure to read this part out loud and clear). His holiness, Syedna Muffadal Saifuddin (TUS) says, “What you read is one of the 8 significant factors that model who you are or will be.” What you read is what you become. Everything you give your body and brain is what will develop your personality. The best way to ensure what you are reading is good for you is to check whether it coincides with the teachings and preaching of ‘Al-e-Mohammed’ and ‘Duat kiram’ – this will preserve your “Zauq-e-Saleem”.
“So please, oh please, we beg, we pray, go throw your TV set away, and in its place you can install a lovely bookshelf on the wall.” – Roald Dahl.
Little did Mr. Dahl know that we will have to read our books on screens. This year, it is going to be different like every other thing we’ve done, but it is going to be a fun filled experience like it always is.
We lied, it’s not going to be D.E.A.R week instead D.E.A.R Days beginning on Tuesday, 22nd September to Thursday, 24th September.
Each class will be reading at a different time and will have a different set of activities according to their age group.
For our youngest minds – there will be Read-Aloud sessions with a different theme each day. On one of these days, the older buddies will be called and the students will enjoy a read-aloud session by them. On another day, a guest will be invited for the same. And lastly, on the remaining day, a teacher will take over the session.
Now, for the higher grades – they will be prescribed carefully with selective reading material by their teachers. Grades Nine and Ten will be reading Shakespeare’s works. Other grades will be reading material parallel to their syllabus. We are used to having a creative twist spun upon everything we do – and just like any other year, the aspect of buddy interaction is standing strong. Each class will also have creative activities with a learning element. The activities are a surprise for you. So are you curious about it? I am sure you must be, because curiosity is the very basis of education.
Sakina Baxajiwala and Alefiyah Pachorawala