It was Thursday 23rd of April, our third grade students didn´t know, but they were about to have a very special day at Liceo Sorolla. Miss Monica had prepared an EduExperience for them the same day we celebrated the Book Day.
The Book Day Celebration praises reading, stories, lessons, tales, novels and, above all, creativity and imagination. We asked our boys and girls to bring pillows, or cushions, to school the day before. When they arrived early in the morning, they started wondering the reason for those pillows. Building castles, maybe? Taking an early nap…?
We brought the students to a different class, a new space different to their usual class. The room was organized in corners, or “reading spaces”. Each station was organized comfortably, so they could lay down and read. We broke into groups of three or four students and we began the activity.
The room was dark when the students came in. They took their shoes off and sat in a circle in the middle of the room while they listened to relaxing music. You could tell they were excited when we explained what the activity was about. The environment was unique, and they were fully committed to enjoy and learn.
We gave the students a few pens with small lanters so they could read in the dark. As you can see in the video, they were free to choose their companion and the station they wanted from the spaces we created. They switched 4 times during throughout the class time.
We observed a few benefits from such an activity. Scholars were able of reading in English in a different and motivating way. By “breaking the rules”, children´s attention levels increase, helping them learn faster. Teachers work their creativity and surprise both children and parents. By the end of the class, lots of students were asking when are we having such an activity again.
Reading is a very important skill in life and we believe is necessary to engage the students and get them to like it.
¨There is no such thing as a child who doesn’t like reading;
There are only children who have not found the right book¨