Twenty SIS fourth- and fifth grade students competed against students from six other international schools in the annual Battle of the Books on Saturday, April 7th at KIS/Pangyo. The Battle of the Books program is a reading competition involving ten books each year - students need to answer detailed questions about each book in a game show type format. SIS students have been preparing since January and were ready to answer the many questions. A good time was had by all!
Teachers and administrators shared their 'world' with ES students on World Read Aloud Day. Guest readers read stories, poems and sang songs related to places they have lived, things they have learned, and people they've met along the way.
Celebrate World Read Aloud Day every day with your child. Reading aloud to children is not only fun but incredibly important to their development as proficient readers. In fact, according to the Reach Out and Read organization, "Reading aloud is widely recognized as the single most important activity leading to language development. Among other things, reading aloud builds word-sound awareness in children, a potent predictor of reading success." (http://www.rorri.org/importance-of-reading-aloud)
According to California's Model School Library Standards, students should aim to read 500,000 words per year by fourth grade and 1,000,000 words per year by eighth grade. For context, most junior fiction books are roughly 10,000 - 15,000 words while the longer ones like Harry Potter range from 78,000 to 250,000 words per book. Non-fiction books have a broad range as well, depending on subject, reading level and amount of text (some can exceed 10,000 words per book). Our library has a broad selection of fiction and nonfiction books to help students find books they're interested in while meeting their annual goals.
Battle of the Books is a fun, competitive way for students to read books and test their knowledge of those books. Fourth and fifth grade students who would like to be considered for this year's Battle of the Books competition should turn in their applications to Mr. Gardes by this Friday, Dec. 1st. Practice starts in mid-January and occurs on most Thursdays until the competition against other Korean international schools on April 7th. All students who apply will be notified by Tuesday, Dec. 5th whether they were chosen to participate or not. If you need an application or more information, contact Mr. Gardes in the ES library.
JK and PK students have been practicing partner reading with stuffed animals during library class. The students are making sure to tell their 'partners' what is happening in the story and to show them the pictures!
The fall Book Fair is happening this week in the ES library. The book fair is open from 8:00 am - 3:30 pm. Stop by to check out the wide variety of books for sale!
Rob Lloyd Jones, author of "Jake Atlas and the Emerald Atlas", the "Wild Boy" series and many "Look Inside" and "See Inside" books, visited SIS on Friday, October 20th. He met with all ES students and he was a big hit! With older students, he shared his personal story of how he overcame a dislike of reading when he was young to become a successful writer. With younger students, he shared his passion for non-fiction. With the youngest students, he read two of his fairy tale books. Four students for read his book as part of their after-school book club even got to have lunch with Mr. Lloyd Jones!
Students arrived as the library opened last Thursday morning to be first to check out the Morning Calm (MC) books. Within hours, all upper elementary MC books had been checked out! If you'd like to check one out, keep your eye on the rack. First come, first served. Good luck and happy reading!