Book reading is the best gift you can give yourself.
Like charity, reading habit should begin at home. Not all parents are at ease with their children's TV watching and internet browsing habit. Yet, they let TVs and computers have their way with children for reasons comfortably known to them.Aware of the school's responsibility in moulding children, Lakshmi School, Veerapanjan, Madurai, took the initiative to motivate children, inculcate the reading habit and introduce classics to them. The school recently organised a three-day reading workshop for students of Stds. II to VI.Though the administration had planned to conduct the workshop for a minimum of about 150 students, the overwhelming response of the students compelled the organisers to accommodate about 300 pupils for the programme, said Shanthi Mohan, vice-principal.The students were divided into 12 batches supported by 28 teachers. For children above Std. IV, the three-hour sessions introduced them to authors and their works, series of books, and a classic everyday.
While the older students were introduced to Ruskin Bond, R.K. Narayanan, Osborne series and Tom Sawyer, the students of Stds. II to IV enjoyed themselves with fairy tales.Series like Arabian Nights, Sindbad's Adventure and Tin-Tin were introduced to the children by reading out a part of the story or screening a portion of the movie to them.Twelve volunteers of Std. VII enacted and mimed an important and interesting section of the book."The aim was not only to familiarise the book and the author but also to help the children choose the right book during their visit to the library," said Shanthi Mohan and added that to kindle the zeal for reading in kids the administration has also concentrated on sets such as desert, jungle with wild animals and dry leaves.An eight-member team of teachers set out to Bangalore to buy books worth Rs. one lakh to develop and enrich the reading habit among children.Seetha Krishnamoorthy, who was the resource person, stressed the need for reading books and exhorted pupils to handle books carefully. Jawahar, principal, inaugurated the workshop. During the three days, participants visited dark jungles, fairy lands and Arabian deserts created by the imaginative teachers. The right ambience, a little motivation with role-play and film clippings did the trick. On the last day, students were jostling about to buy classics at the bookstalls thus making it clear that they were ready to relax with a book in hand and be lost in imagination and fantasy.