Love of Reading

During literature week, teachers and students shared their love of reading and their love of books with each other! 5th grade students read to their ‘little brothers’ and ‘little sisters’ in 1st grade and the 1st graders practiced reading with their ‘big brothers’ and ‘big sisters.’

(At the beginning of every school year, a 5th grade student is paired with a new 1st grade student. We call the 1st grade students the ‘little brothers’ and ‘little sisters’ and the 5th grade students ‘big brothers’ and ‘big sisters.’ The ‘big brothers’ and ‘big sisters’ are happy to take on the role of helping the new students learn about our school, spend time with the 1st graders during recess, and share some lessons together throughout the school year.)

‘Big brothers’ and ‘Big sisters’ reading with their ‘little brothers’ and ‘little sisters.’

During our literature week, students and teachers were also encouraged to join the fun at our Book Market! Students had the opportunity to bring a book from home that they had already read. If a student brought a book, they were allowed to swap it for a book another student had brought. The Book Market was a great success and a fun way for students to find a great new book to read.

Our lovely teacher Katariina helping with the student Book Market!

Teachers also took part in the fun of the Book Market and brought their own books from home in order to swap for a new book!

The Book Market in the teachers’ room — many great books to swap!

To end our literature week, students and teachers were encouraged to dress up as a storybook character!

Students were extremely creative with their outfits and we had characters from many different books. Teachers also took part in the fun and students who dressed up were rewarded with Moomin lollipops, of course! 

Some of our fantastic teachers! Can you spot the Moomin characters? 🙂
Moomin lollipops for students who took part in our dress-up day! 

Teachers and students at Töölö elementary school loved coming together to celebrate a week all about Tove Jansson, the Moomins, literature and reading! What a great way to promote a love of reading with fun activities and ideas! 🙂

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