We are delighted to be celebrating the 21st World Book Day (2nd March) in Powerstown E.T.N.S. with a series of in-school events 26th February – 2nd March 2018. The main aim is to encourage children to explore the pleasure of books and reading.


Along with various in class activities, we are holding the following events in school during the week that we would love your support in:


  • ‘Strangest Place I Read a Book’ photo competition. Please give your photos to class teachers or send by email to elaine@powerstownet.com. Winners announced 2nd March.


  • Dress as a Book Character Day Thursday 1st March: your child is invited to come to school dressed as their favourite book character for the day!


  • Shared Reading:  You are invited to come and join us for ‘Shared Reading’ events in each class during the week. ‘Shared Reading’ is a fun time where parents read story books to small groups of children. Books in other languages are welcomed! ‘Shared Reading’ will run as follows:


Class Date Time Class Date Time
 Ash Friday 2nd March 8:30am Chestnut Friday 2nd March 8:30am
Sycamore Thursday 1st March 8:30am Oak Thursday 1st March 8:30am
Rose Friday 2nd March 8:30am Willow Friday 2nd March 8:30am
Hazel Friday 2nd March 8.30am Lime Friday 2nd March 8:30am
Redwood Friday 2nd March 8:30am Rowan Friday 2nd March 8:30am
Alder Friday 2nd March 8:30am Beech Friday 2nd March 8:30am
Birch Thursday 1st March 1.30pm


In your child’s bag you will find:

  • A €1.50 book token which may be redeemed from any bookshop


Many thanks for your support.

Happy reading!


Tips for Parents/Guardians

Reading at Home:

Please help to encourage your child at home and promote an enthusiasm for reading.


Ideas for Home Reading:


Introducing the book – When asking your child to read please introduce the book first, discussing the title, what it means and what they think the book may be about from the title and cover.


Reading Strategies When reading there are a number of clues that your child can use to work out words they are struggling with:

  1. Use the story e.g. a story about a new pet may have the word dog in it.
  2. Use the picture (looking at the page for clues e.g. c   could be cat if there is a picture of a cat).
  3. Sounding out e.g. splitting a word into sounds e.g. c-a-t blends to read cat.
  4. Recognise smaller words in bigger words (e.g. splitting playing into play-ing.)
  5. Find the word somewhere else in the story (point out if they have already read it on a earlier page)
  6. Return to the beginning of the sentence and try again (to recapture the flow of the story).


Don’t focus too heavily on mistakes, only correct if it is necessary so as not to stop the flow of reading. Give lots of praise and be specific with it – e.g. I like how you looked at the picture then to help yourself, I liked how you split that word up to read it etc.


After reading:

Discuss the book with your child, did they enjoy it and why. Talk about the characters and what they did in the story. Then ask questions about specific pages e.g. Can you tell me what they played on at the park? Can you point to the full stop on page 2? Can you point to the word ‘said’ or ‘you’ on page 3 etc.



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