Education Week: Literacy Day at School

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Education Week: Literacy Day at School

04.17.2013

By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis

My eight-year-old son’s public school celebrates Education Week on an annual basis, which encourages the celebration of different parts of its curriculum and hosts community events that parents and family members are welcome to participate in during the school day.

Education Week runs from April 15-19 and my three-year-old daughter and I were privileged to attend and participate for at least two days this week at Michael’s school.

Yesterday, we sat in Michael’s Grade Three class and witnessed their celebration of Art Day! We learned about the process of making things look like they’re in the foreground and background. And when we left, Michael was working on a rainforest picture.

And today, we couldn’t turn down the opportunity to visit Michael’s school because it’s Literacy Day! When it comes to reading, as a family, we’re all for it!

Here’s a picture of Michael outside the school, participating in his school’s Dance-a-thon:

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Michael in the center in the red jacket participating in the school’s Dance-a-thon! (c) Photo by Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.

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And now, we’re on our way in! Welcome!

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Michael in his pyjamas for Pyjama Day with his favourite stuffed toy, named “Foxy!” He was SO happy to be able to bring him to school today. (c) Photo by Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.

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And while parents weren’t permitted to take photographs in the classroom in order to protect the students as well as avoid disrupting the class, we were able to visit Michael’s school Book Fair and pick up some literary treats.

Sixty percent of purchases go back to Michael’s school, so what better way to support my son than a treat to good books, bookmarks, and erasers? While I couldn’t buy everything on their shelves, Michael made a couple of great choices:

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The Cross of Lead by Avi Crispin

The Amazing Adventure of Nate Banks: Secret Identity Crisis by Jake Bell

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The Keys to the Kingdom: Grim Tuesday by Garth Nix

Dead and Gone by Norah McClintock

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set 3

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And we’re in much agreement with “Bite into a good book!” So much so, we had to buy two bookmarks! And I love that monster eraser. I was tempted to buy another for myself, but I figured, it’s my son’s Book Fair, not mine.

All in all, it’s been a festive Education Week. I may just pop by the School Book Fair again and pick up a couple more bookmarks and erasers (another monster one, for sure)!

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How do you participate and give back to your community through the love of books?

If you have children, did they participate in Education Week this week?

What book recommendations might you have for an eight-year-old boy? Or a three-year-old girl?

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