Trinity Grammar School’s Arthur Holt Library has adopted a special way for boys and their parents to bond within the framework of literacy. By featuring books at breakfast, boys and their parents are given the chance to celebrate text by meeting authors, discussing books and enjoying breakfast all before the working day begins.
By Alison Boyd-Boland, Dean of English
“I know nothing in the world that has as much power as a word. Sometimes I write one, and I look at it, until it begins to shine” – Emily Dickinson.
Emily Dickinson’s comment captures what is at the heart of the study of English and literature – a recognition of the power of the written word to convey meaning, to transport us to other times and places, and to inspire and extend our thinking.
International Literacy Day is a major annual event for literacy advocacy held on 8 September since 1946. This year’s theme is titled: 'Literacy in a Digital World.’ Reading provides the cornerstone for a good education and research has found that it stimulates the brain, improves memory and concentration, and reduces stress. In addition, reading develops knowledge, vocabulary, critical thinking, and greatly enhances your son’s capacity for creative thinking.
With Literacy and Numeracy Week just around the corner (4 to 10 September 2017) we look at Trinity Grammar School’s Arthur Holt Library and how it inspires lifelong learning and a love of reading. Delivering collections and innovative programmes that celebrate text, promote literacy, and support teaching and learning, the cutting-edge Library has a three-pronged approach to enriching the student experience.
Trinity Grammar School’s Arthur Holt Library continues to inspire lifelong learning and a love of reading through innovative programmes that celebrate text and promote literacy, particularly amongst boys. Discussing books at breakfast is just one way the School promotes literacy.
This week, as part of the 10-day Trinity Arts Festival, Trinity boys and their families enjoyed croissants and crime for breakfast at the Library’s second books@breakfast event, designed to provide students and their parents the opportunity to meet accomplished authors, discuss books and enjoy a light breakfast all before the working day begins.
Trinity Grammar School’s Arthur Holt Library has found a unique way to engage the school community and give them the opportunity to meet authors, discuss books and enjoy breakfast all before the working day begins.
You’re in Paris, struggling to decipher if ‘poisson’ is something you should eat or something that you should avoid at all costs (it’s delicious by the way). Beyond the obvious benefit of being able to communicate in a foreign land, mastering a new language can provide more paybacks than you might first realise. Interestingly, the younger a child is when they learn a new language, the greater the benefits.
Here we give you the top five reasons why primary school children should learn a new language:
Reading is all around us. I encourage parents to take advantage of everyday opportunities to demonstrate to your child what reading is about.
Inspiring a love of reading in children can be as simple as making smart book choices.
Topics: Boys and literacy
Encouraging and demonstrating a love of reading is vitally important in developing literate and passionate readers.
We suggest that parents provide their children with frequent and varied access to books – through visits to the library, as gifts, and through regular family reading sessions. In an earlier blog, I have shared my top tips for developing a love of reading in boys.
Parents need to demonstrate their own reading fluency. Read aloud to your child from quality children’s books will model fluent reading. Adopting a lot of expression also makes the experience more enjoyable for your child.
There are opportunities for all of us to engage in reading every day. Encouraging children to read starts at home and it’s never too early to start.
I suggest that parents create a reading environment where reading is regarded as enjoyable, important and necessary. There are so many simple ways in which parents can plant the reading ‘bug’. Providing children with easy access to books so that they can help themselves at any time is a great starting point.
Here’s my top tips to inspire boys to read:
Topics: Boys and literacy