Reading is fun for Inano Pita and Teina Pierre. 22090506
Apii Avarua students settled comfortably under the shade of a large mango tree yesterday for a “buddy class reading” session to start off the Literacy Week.
Literacy is most commonly defined as the ability to
read and write. Reading and writing abilities vary across different cultures
and contexts, and these too are constantly shifting.
Cook Islands schools are holding Literacy Week from
September 5 to 9 to celebrate literacy as the foundation of all learning with a
range of activities. This year’s International Literacy Day on September 8th
will be celebrated worldwide under the theme, “Transforming Literacy Learning
At Apii Avarua yesterday the Year 5 and 6 students were
randomly paired up – where one reads while the other listens for the buddy
Eleven year olds Esther Tautateopu and Ngavai Mataio
paired up to read to one another and both girls were happy to take their
“I love reading because there is a lot of new things
to learn from books and reading is good for writing. It also helps me settle
down after play time,” said Mataio.
Young boys Teariki Amiri and Ngametua Matangaro both
like reading books.
Amiri prefers to read books that are useful.
“Reading helps me in my school work, and I really like
books that can show me how to do things – like fishing, because I like fishing
and want to know more,” said Amiri.
In the morning the students had focused on poetry and
narrative writing before the classes merged for the buddy reading system.
Teachers Rangi Cowan and Cecilia Vostock shared the
students appreciated being outdoors to read – a change from their normal
encourage and support literacy learning at home are: Read with and to your
children, Tell stories, legends, myths, rhymes, Discuss the world around you, Let
your children see you read, Ask questions about stories your children are
reading, discuss the words used, Encourage your children to write their own
stories, Count the number of sounds in words, Count the number of syllables in
words, Clap rhythms with your children, get them to clap them back.
Activities at schools organised during this week will
include: door decoration day (favourite books, characters), themed/favourite
character dress up day, buddy class reading, Drop Everything and Read (DEAR), composing
poems, chants and rhymes, library challenges, parent/anau reading in classes, Cook
Island authors day, crazy hat day, book reviews, and celebrating New Zealand
author Joy Cowley.
Cook Island stories and legends will be recorded and
played on the radio every morning in Maori and English by Ministry of Education
advisors who will also be visiting schools to video and photograph activities
Support your children and school over this week, as
they celebrate reading, writing and speaking in Maori and English.