Reading is Braw is a chance for everyone in Musselburgh, Wallyford and Whitecraig to show just how much we love and value reading. The aim is to get our children reading more. When children read for pleasure it turbo-charges their learning. Not only do they get better at reading but they also get better at spelling, writing and maths. Yes, that’s right. Reading makes you better at maths! The more you read, the more words you understand so it’s easier to learn in every subject.
Stories are magic. They can take you anywhere and at any point in time; past, present or future. You can feel what it is like to be someone else. All of that helps children to understand the world better and helps them succeed in school and later life.
Reading is Braw includes a 15 week reading challenge during which children will be encouraged to read more. Thousands of children will be taking part from tiny to teenager. All primary school pupils be given a reading record to keep a note of their reading and after five weeks they’ll be given a lanyard to wear showing what they are currently reading. There will be rewards and encouragement along the way. Our official launch will take place in March and at the end of the 16 weeks there will be a huge celebration.
Parents, carers, family and friends can all help by encouraging the children to read. This blog will be a great place to come if you want help on how and why to get kids reading more. It will also keep you in touch with the many fantastic and fun activities and events the children will be taking part in during the 16 weeks. Some of which we haven’t even dreamt up yet so if you have a good idea get in touch.
We can’t do it alone. It takes a village to raise a child and it will take all of us pulling together to turn all the children in Whitecraig, Wallyford and Musselburgh into readers. We’d love to see local businesses and public buildings supporting Reading is Braw with displays of books and other reading materials – especially in waiting areas. If you see kids with lanyards showing what book they’re reading please ask them about it. See if you can strike up a conversation that gets them reading more. You can have a lanyard to tell the world what you’re reading too. Maybe you’ll be the one to open the book on a whole new adventure for a child.
NB: This post has been edited to show the project will last 15 weeks and not 16 as previously stated.