When I was growing up, I vividly remember loving to escape into a good book. I would read everywhere – in the car, in the yard, in our treehouse, on my favorite chair, in my room and I especially loved reading with a flashlight after ‘lights out’ under the covers at summer camp! The love of reading I developed as a young girl was due in large part to the read alouds I experienced in elementary school. In 1st grade Miss Matrionni read to us James and the Giant Peach – to this day, every time I see the NYC skyline, I still remember her reading the part of the book when they get stuck on the Empire State Building!
As elementary teachers, one of our goals is to instill a love of reading in the hearts and minds of our students. It was clear from our April Vacation Reading Challenge, that the teachers at RLS are succeeding at that goal! I was transported back to my fondest reading memories as a child with all of the pictures submitted. RLS students read a lot over vacation. They read with their pets, in tents, at restaurants, at the doctor’s office, while doing gymnastics and before bed! They read with siblings, to their moms, to their stuffies, waiting for the Boston Marathon, on planes and in hotels. Best of all though, they enjoyed many fabulous books and used their free times to escape into a good book!
I really enjoyed this reading challenge and am looking forward to announcing the details of our summer reading challenge. If you have ideas you want to share with the group of teachers crafting those challenges, feel free to leave a comment below!
Click here to watch the slideshow of all of the pictures! Thank you for your patience – lesson learned with this challenge: have families post pictures of any challenge like this directly to our Facebook page 😉