World Book Day at Hammersmith!
Today is World Book Day! World Book Day is a whole day dedicated to stories around the world and is currently celebrated in 100 countries!
To celebrate stories and storytelling, children and their teachers are encouraged to dress up as their favorite book characters and bring in the book that has inspired them. The children share their costumes and books with their friends, reading them together and individually.
In the preschool room, the children have been taking turns listening to each other’s stories and discussing the different aspects of each book. They have also been creating their own story! They sat together in a circle and took turns to tell a section of their story. Later, the sat down together and drew a page each of the story. Once completed, they sequenced their story together to create their very own book! They also created their own bookmarks with their names on and learned about what bookmarks are used for and how to use them.
The toddlers have also been looking at some of their favorite classics. They have been creating artwork from The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Gruffalo. They have also been reading some less familiar stories from other countries. Events like these are a great way to not only bring everyone together to share their interests, but it is also a great opportunity to read stories from other countries we may not have previously had the chance to read. Such as Moomin from Finland and a French story about a bear and an egg.
The babies have been looking at some of their favorite stories, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt and Pip and Posy. They have been getting creative with different textures (like porridge for Goldilocks and the Three Bears) and singing songs about their favorite stories with their music on the keyboard and guitar.
The children ended their day with some world book day themed stickers and a gift voucher to go to a local bookstore to choose their very own book to take home. We can’t wait to celebrate our next big event: Holi!