Last week at H’s school they had a book fair and as a result there were lots of book themed events and activities going on. One of them was a reading challenge that H and his fellow pupils had been set. I think the challenge varied a little either on ability or age group or both, but essentially they had to do some different reading to normal.
H’s tasks were:
- Read a leaflet.
- Read the next school newsletter.
- Read the blurb from a book that you have never read (H didn’t know what the blurb was, but when he read it, he sat down the read the book immediately afterwards so it was obviously effective).
- Read a comic or a magazine.
- Read the opening chapter of a book you would not normally choose to read (we borrowed a book about ballet dancing).
- Visit a local library.
- Read a football programme (I’d never done this and we had to borrow one).
- Read the back of a cereal packet.
- Read a poem (inspiration was lacking and the only one I could think of that might appeal was Charge of the Light Brigade, which then prompted a discussion about calvary and the Crimean War which aren’t strong areas of knowledge for me).
- Read some road signs.
- Read a prayer (it’s a faith school).
- Listen to an audio book (I knew those CDs Granny gave him would come in useful).
- Read some signs in shop windows.
- Read a book aloud to a younger child (actually a bit of a challenge for an only child).
- Read a non-fiction book.
- Find the contents page in a book.
- Find the glossary in a book.
- Talk to an adult about a book you have read recently ( I know all about the Astrosaurs book The Hatching Horror now).
- Read some pages from a catalogue (The Smyths Toys catalogue is a regular read in this house anyway).
- Read the opening of a book recommended by a parent.
I’ve been pleased and proud with how he’s tackled the list with such enthusiasm. He’s keen to get signed off as apparently they are getting a reward from the Deputy Head if they do.