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10 February, 2015, Yiengdak Village, Attapeu Province, Laos

Launching a Reading Program: For our reading program, we give enough books to each classroom in the school so that children can read every day. Often called "Sustained Silent Reading", this approach develops reading skills, a love of reading, and a habit of reading. We launch the program with a book party, show here. For one full morning or afternoon, our team reads aloud, talks about books, leads outdoor games, and teaches songs about books and reading. At the end, every child gets to choose a book of their own, in addition to the books we leave in the classrooms.

This event was sponsored by Tammachat Natural Textiles (Canada). Thank you!

Students are learning a song about books. It's one of many songs written by the book party team. Each song has a set of hand motions to accompany it.

Months after a book party, we've sometimes visited a village and children spontaneously start singing the song.

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