At our first back to school meeting in mid-September, teachers began preparing parents for Halloween. Their reason was to warn us of a new dimension to the popular school parade and party.
“We would like to correlate our traditional Halloween parade with a program objective for our school in reading and literature,” the principal suggested. “This idea is to use this event to help us raise pupil awareness of literature, and to encourage our students to read more books.”
For this year’s parade the pupil will select a character from a book of their choice as a costume in the parade. Teachers will help by providing tags with the name of the character, title, and author of the book, to be worn by parade participants.
How do 5 through 12-year old children react to having a special theme on a holiday ordinarily free of adult advice? After talking to over two dozen students, this writer found an enthusiastic response. Of course there is always the one who objects “I already planned to be a rock singer.” [Read more…] about Storybook characters for the Halloween parade