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Would it surprise you if I told you that two weeks ago I spent several days travelling across America seeing the sights and learning different skills of stunt riding with a Wild West show? Last week I also ambled through the forest listening to the wisdom from a horse, a mole and a fox. This week I hope to travel to England and spend time with British adventurer Bear Grylls to learn survival skills.
Yes, you may have guessed this all occurred through the transportation of books. Open a page and you are instantly in some other place; in another country learning another language, another time or communicating with creatures.
The benefits of reading have been well researched.
The most agreed benefits are:
- Improving focus, memory and concentration
- Strengthening analytical thinking skills
- Reducing stress
- Enhancing your imagination
- Helping you relax
- Improving writing skills
- Stimulating your brain
- Improving knowledge
- Increasing vocabulary
- Increasing empathy
At PCS reading is celebrated. Each day students are encouraged to dive into books and see all the possibilities they contains. This week K-2 joined in the virtual Paint the Town REaD event to promote reading from birth. The PCS Reading Challenge is currently happening, with students completing a myriad of reading activities to win House points. Students are also sending book reviews for Miss Harris to judge, with one primary and one high school student awarded a Subway voucher each week.
Holidays are just around the corner and your plans may have been put on hold. But with a quick trip to the bookshelf you can be ‘Around the World in 80 Days!’ with Jules Verne.
As Dr Seuss said ‘The more that you read, the more things that you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go!’
Enjoy the adventures PCS!