“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 line in todays time I find it quite funny because haven’t we all become professionals in doing multiple things especially on ‘the internet’,but when it comes to reading I am sure everyone of you likes at least a particular genre for reading; be it sci-fi,drama,fantasy or even fan fictions and many more, luckily for us all, 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? –
“we learn to read and read to learn” – Yuxuan Wang. 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? – TV and computer games have their place, but they are more like an amusement. Reading targets a different area of your brain than watching or gaming. It lets you imagine what a story can be or how the characters may look and how each scene unfolds, instead of feeding you other people’s imagination. 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. Our brain is a muscle and requires exercise “reading is to mind what exercise is to the body” – Joseph Addison. That 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 becomes easier – there is the solution to your inevitable problem with typos, JUST READ.
Tip-The act of reading and speaking text aloud is a more effective way to remember information than reading it silently or just hearing it read aloud. ( let’s hope we remember things much better than before.)
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 next part out loud and clear). His holiness ,Syedna Muffadal Saifuddin once said – that what you read is one of the 8 significant factors that model who you are or will be. What you read is going to be what you become. Everything you give your body and brain is what will develop your personality. The best way to insure what you are reading is going to be good for you is to insure that, what your material is saying coincides with the teachings preachings and sayings of ‘Al-e-mohammed’ and ‘Duat kiram’ – that will insure to 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 right in front of the 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 the 22nd September to Thursday the 24th September.
Each class is going to be reading at a different time and have a different set of activities according to the age group they fall into.
For our school’s youngest minds there are going to be read aloud sessions. Each day a different theme. One of these days the students’ older buddies will be called and the students will enjoy a read aloud session by them. On another day a guest will be invited to perform the read aloud session. And on the one remaining day the teacher will do the ‘reading aloud’.
Now for the higher grades – they will be prescribed carefully with selective reading material by their teachers. Grades Ninth and Tenth will be reading Shakespeare’s works, the other grades will also 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 that aspect of buddy interaction is standing strong. But as differently surprising this year has been, each class will be having creative activities which will also have a learning element in itself. The activities will be a surprise for you, but be curious about it, because curiosity is the very basis of education.