Lower School Celebrates Reading Together
The entire Lower School celebrated reading in a big way with the annual Reading Celebration on Sept. 21, an exciting grades 3-6 event that was virtual last year.
"It was really amazing to be able to have the groups together," said Lower School Director Christy Diefendefer. "We really focused on community within the Reading Celebration, which means we slowed things down and had added time for discussion and games to get everyone relaxed. The art project really lent itself to students exploring their identifies and taking about it. I felt like being able to see everyone's artwork really enhanced the conversation and their ability to get to know each other within their small groups.
"Our sixth grade leaders did such an awesome job of guiding conversation and being role models throughout the event."
The day centered around this year’s summer reading book, Twins, a graphic novel written by Varian Johnson and illustrated by Shannon Wright. Twins tells the story of sisters Maureen and Francine who are twins and best friends who start to grow apart and it explores the themes of exploring one's identity and where one belongs.
The Reading Celebration fostered plenty of connection and community via a combination of discussions, art projects, games, and more. A highlight of the day was mixed-grade groups, where sixth graders led get-to-know-you games, discussions about the summer reading book, and modeled leadership to the younger grades.
An art activity exploring and building on themes from Twins asked students to divide the drawing of a human figure in half. On one half they illustrated who they are now, physically, emotionally, or socially. On the other side, they drew either who they used to be or who they wanted to be, allowing for reflection on their feelings and needs.
Lower School Librarian Jun Niu said the activity was "beautiful," allowing for students to informally chat and get to know one another. "They were helping themselves and even me think about what to draw to express ourselves."
View more photos from the day on Vidigami.