Friday, 30 January 2015

National Read Aloud Day

"Reading aloud with children is known to be the single most important activity for building the knowledge and skills they will eventually require for learning to read." - Marilyn Jager Adams

Today is National Read Aloud Day in Kenya :) This event  place annually on the last Friday of January.

In Kenya,  they have 20,000 primary schools without libraries, so events like this can have a significant impact on the children. It's an event organised by Start a Library whose aim is to put a book in every hand. They select an extract from a particular book which is read at 9am in schools and libraries across the country. The book they have selected deals with issues particular to the region.
If you want to join in and read the extract that will be read in Kenya, you can buy the book Attack of the Shidas on Kindle. The Kenyan schools and libraries will be reading an extract from the back of the book and the children will be asked to write their own ending to the story or draw an illustration.

You could celebrate Kenyan national Read Aloud Day too by reading books about Kenya.
Here are some suggestions:

Links to information and printables to help learn about Kenya:
Background information
NGKids Fact File
Free lapbook
Learn Swahili
Children's songs and rhymes from Kenya 
Kenyan recipe
Map and Flag printables
Children from Kenya tell their story
Make an African mask

Films to watch:
Born Free

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