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Nurture a potential bookworm with cultural activities

Each academic year, at the Western International School of Shanghai we remind everyone of the importance of reading by celebrating WISS Book Week, during which we bring the world of books closer to our students through exciting, fun and cultural activities.

At WISS, reading practices have an essential place in our educational program. That’s why we host weekly reading sessions in our library for our Primary and Early Years students. The best way to make reading a habit is by sharing this passion with your children from a very early age. This way, little ones see it as an everyday activity that they can enjoy alone or in company.

I believe reading has many positive effects on children. In addition to increasing vocabulary and knowledge, reading helps decrease stress and improve memory. Reading books in more than one language is very beneficial for kids because reading books in a second language is an excellent way to learn grammar rules.

For me, one of the best ways to motivate children to read is to give them choices. Often, we want to guide our children to a certain genre or topic. If we let children choose their materials, it helps increase their interest level.

Parents should read to their kids before going to bed.

While parents often do this for younger children, we stop doing this as children get older; even preteens enjoy having chapters read to them.

Book lovers know that opening a book is like opening the door to a new world of magic and imagination. Parents can play a crucial role in nurturing a love for reading that will stay with their children for the rest of their lives.

As a mom of two sons, I have nearly 18 years’ experience teaching students of all ages. One of my greatest joys is guiding students in research and writing. Libraries give students a place to expand their academic and personal interests.


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