Our young learners are reading some books during our CLIL lessons. Our first graders are reading ' Pinocchio', our second graders are reading 'Aladdin' and our third graders are reading 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz'.
Stories play a vital role in the growth and development of children. The books they read and the characters they get to know can become like friends. Furthermore, books are a useful source of information and students' good reading skills are important for success in their future lives. Reading also helps children with their confidence levels, coping with feelings and language and learning.
Our students are working on language and comprehension activities relevant to the stories which test students' understanding of the stories. Stories are provided on the IWB and songs are also sung in the classroom. Moreover, students have the opportunity to dramatize the stories through ' play acting', or role playing. Acting can help students develop essential life skills such as self-confidence and social interaction. Special masks of the characters of the books are used for this purpose. Extra material is also created by the teacher when necessary.
Books have the power to benefit young learners in a myriad of ways. As teachers, reading to our students is one of the most important things we can do to prepare them with a foundation for academic excellence.