Dear Parents, Friends and Families,
If I have not seen you yet this year, 'Happy New Year', and good health for the upcoming year.
We have been very busy at JVLR over the last few months. Just before the break, students wrote thank you cards to our non-teaching staff and delivered them to each of the members of our team. A 'Shoe Box Drive' took place and Grade 4 students organised the collection of different items for St.Catherine's orphanage, following this, as you see from the video, they went to the orphanage to deliver the boxes.
The wonderful PTA @ JVLR organised a Winter Carnival for our students and during the last week of school in 2017, smiling faces were had all around.
As we start 2018, we have many things going on already. For the last few weeks of January, we will celebrate different aspects of 'World Read Aloud' day (which will fall on the 1st February). Some parents have signed up for class reading sessions in the Early Years to show off their reading talents and many learning experience will take place during this month.
By the end of this month, reading webinars will be made available to parents to see what 'Read Alouds' look like in school and offer tips and advice on what parents can do at home.
There is a lot of educational research to show that as a child reading everyday, for at least 15 minutes, either to yourself, to others or being read to, increases reading fluency and comprehension;
Let's promote reading! http://readaloud.org.
Remember, our doors are open for you to come and talk to us.
Head of Primary,
Happy New Year! Children are back and happy. Teachers have returned and are happy to be with the kids, and the school is buzzing once more. Wonder what a school feels like during the holidays without kids? So quiet... No laughter, no play.
I read an article during the winter holidays about play and where we are today. So many things resonated with me--as a parent and teacher. We, as parents want our kids to be able to survive and compete in tomorrow's world. We want to prepare them, we want them to have the skills and academics to succeed. And we want them to be well-rounded...to know music and play an instrument, to be sporty, to succeed at science and Math, to read, to write strongly and to have the vocabulary in multiple languages to converse with the world.
However, what the article drove home was again the importance of play and free play in the early years. The Lego corporation has been getting involved with the promotion of play and helping to spread the word about the benefits of it, according to the Guardian article. Play was found to boost narrative and writing skills, interaction and cooperation. There are current studies being done longitudinally on how play promotes well being and how our brains actually change during play.
What research has found is that: "In the early years--and that's up to around eight-- a play-based methodology makes a lot of sense." Formal literacy lessons--memorizing words and fluent reading have been found not to make children better readers and sometimes do the opposite.
So, as we move forward into the new year and resolve to do the best for our children, let's remember to let them play. Here's a link to the article for your information. Happy New Year 2018!