Peake kicked off the month of March with an entire week of literacy-themed fun and learning. On Monday, each student received a new, developmentally appropriate book to add to their at-home libraries. We know the children more easily develop their love of reading and early literacy skills when families reinforce them at home. Each book came with tips for families to expand the learning opportunities beyond the story.
Tuesday and Wednesday were both dress-up days. Tuesday was a nod to the book “Oh the Places You’ll Go” by Dr. Suess. Students and teachers wore shirts from their favorite destinations. Children had fun while engaged in learning about places far and near, from national parks to neighboring cities. Wednesday was inspired by the children’s classic “Rainbow Fish” by Marcus Pfister with everyone wearing every color of the rainbow, all at once!
Thursday was extra special because it was Read Across America Day. Volunteers from BayPort Credit Union read books in each of our classrooms. Our students were laughing and clapping along with their books, fascinated by the special visitors. The volunteers took time to expand on the stories with lots of open-ended questions and conversation. We’re not sure if the students or the volunteers had more fun.
After all the exciting activities, we closed out the week on a quieter note inspired by the book “Goodnight Moon” by Margaret Wise Brown. The children wore their cozy pajamas, and we enjoyed calming books about nighttime and sleeping.
The entire week was a success and we’re particularly grateful for the partnership with BayPort Credit Union. The volunteers truly made a difference in the lives of our young children, reinforcing a love for reading. This was a great reminder of the power of community service and the importance of working together to make a greater impact.