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7 Ideas for School Assemblies

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School assemblies are an important and fun part of a school’s calendar, weekly or annual alike. They go beyond the usual announcements these days and they instill a sense of unity and community among the pupils.

Assemblies play an influential role in the growth of the pupils into responsible adults with well-developed sense of community. They pique the children’s interest in extra-curricular activities, teaches them social discipline and builds their confidence. These are all aside the excitement and adrenaline rush that it brings on a school day.

Therefore, in order to plan an assembly efficiently, it is important that you to have an established goal that you intend to achieve. You can do this easily with a theme. It can have a moral, religious or ethical theme to inform and educate the pupils, done in the most exciting ways with select activities. 

7 Fun Ideas for School Assemblies

  • History lessons and important days in society- Use storytelling and a play that depicts the particular lesson.

  • Holiday assemblies- Everyone should dress up to suit the holiday, like wearing red on valentine, and share individual or group presentations prepared with that theme.

  • Multicultural assembly- Highlights the different cultures present showcasing their beauty and uniqueness. Let each culture represented prepare a showcase that could include dances, recital, plays and even food showcases. Getting parents to participate can make it more fun too.

  • Moral assemblies- Make it an interactive session with the children. You can have them suggest ways they would respond to scenarios and situations if faced them. Conclude by telling them the right ways to act and respond.

  • Ethics assemblies- Set out models for the ethics that you want to teach. By letting them act the part the children can see what exactly you are talking about or referring to.

  • Career talks- Let the children dress up in attires depicting the careers of their dreams and invite professionals in different fields as guest speakers and mentors, preferably parents.

  • Movie day- Done at the end of the school calendar preferably. Pick a movie with a strong theme and have the pupils discuss their takeaways after.

The list of activities to engage your students with at school assemblies are not exhaustive. You can be creative and spontaneous by incorporating games, student anchored activities and competitions to pass your message in a fun way. School assemblies can be done anywhere including on an open field, or the school hall or even the playground, you just need to make it fun and enlightening.

Building a Reading Culture with Children

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A reading culture is the cultivation of an attitude and the possession of skills that make reading a pleasurable, regular and constant activity. Reading, for some people is a chore, for others it is a means to an end- passing exams, but there are those people who think it is fun. These last category see it as fun because somehow, they have been able to develop a reading culture.

In a previous post, we highlighted the benefits of reading to children, the benefits are not just for their formative years alone, they apply to the future too.

This holiday period is a good time to start building a reading culture with the kids. Here is how:

  • Talk about the importance of reading with them. Let them know that reading is an exciting way to know and explore new things.

  • Set out time to read daily. Include reading time in the schedule of activities daily at home and in the timetable at summer school.

  • Make the occasion fun and exciting for the children by creating a reading nook or corner that is set apart especially for their reading time.

  • Ensure that you cover different genres, topics and subjects when choosing titles. Do not limit reading to just storybooks but include memoirs, history books and even textbooks. This way they understand that reading for academic purposes can be fun too.

  • Plan book reviews and let the children talk about what they read and their takes on it. Make sure that the children’s opinions are heard and recognized, this way they know that they are allowed to have them.

  • Discuss the themes together, learn new words, talk about the figures of speech and bring life to the occurrences you read about. Take advantage of the learning opportunity.

  • Set up reading challenges based on the books read with fun prizes to be won.

  • Encourage the children to tell their own stories that have been inspired by their latest reads. This makes for an increase in their creativity and imagination.

  • Encourage the children to exchange books amongst themselves. Also, teach them to pace themselves, it is fine to read fast but not a criteria.

All of these will help with the process of developing a reading culture in children. Just note that the most essential bit though is that you PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH. Children are copy cats and would most likely imitate what they see you do.

Tips for Engaging Children’s Minds During COVID-19 pandemic

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Amidst the COVID-19 outbreak, everyday life has changed. And children may struggle with significant adjustments to their daily routine which may interfere with their sense of structure and social balance.

As families adjust to this situation, parents are encouraged to preserve offline experiences, which help families connect emotionally, process difficult experiences, and find balance.

Here are some tips to help parents engage Children’s mind during this period:

Make a plan. Talk with children about what your daily structure will be, your mode of work-from-home, how you will handle stress, and when you will relax and connect with each other.

Communicate with teachers about what educational, online and offline, activities your children can do.

Use media for social connection: Social distancing can be isolating. If kids are missing their school friends or other family, try video chats or social media to stay in touch.

Podcasts and audiobooks are great ways to keep children’s minds engaged while parents attend to other things.

Make a plan about how much time children can play video games online with friends. Challenge children to practice “tech self-control” and turn off the TV, tablet, or video game themselves – rather than parents reminding them.

From your friends at Rasmed Publications Limited.

Favorite Tales That Should Be In Every Child’s Book Shelf

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Fairy tales are magical stories of great events, of otherworldly incidents, and of characters with supernatural abilities. They are surreal narratives. When we talk of fairy tales we talk of magic, fairies, mermaid, talking animals, walking trees and otherworldly elements. Fairy tales are more than just stories; the morals of their narrative can also be used to teach children about kindness, courage, bravery, endurance and a whole lot of other human values.

Here are some short fairy tales that should be in every child’s book shelf

Beauty And The Beast

Written by French novelist Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve and published in 1740, Beauty And The Beast is the story of a young beautiful girl, Beau, who sacrificed herself by taking the place of her father who was taking prisoner by a mean beast.


Snow White

Snow White tells the story of a Princess whose skin was white as snow and her hair as black as ebony and with lips red as a rose. After the death of her mother, the queen, her father married another queen. A beautiful queen, who had a magic mirror that she often consult to tell her who is the fairest between her and the young Princess.

As the Princess began to grow, she became more and more beautiful, and the mirror began to say she was the fairest. Filled with jealousy, the queen decided to kill her. She hired a huntsman to bring her the heart of Snow White. But the huntsman took pity on the innocent Princess Snow White.


This is the story of Cinderella, a kind-hearted young maiden who was treated cruelly by her step-mother and sisters. One day the king invited all the young maidens in his kingdom to a ball. Her sisters attended the king’s ball without Cinderella. Alone at home, Cinderella was visited by her fairy Godmother and she helped Cinderella go to the ball with a magic that would only last until midnight. Cinderella caught the eye of the prince at the ball as she was the most beautiful girl there, and they danced all night.

Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty tells the story of Maleficent, an evil fairy, who cursed the much-awaited daughter of the king and queen to die by the prick from the spindle of a spinning wheel, because the it was not invited to her christening. But one of the good fairies who had been invited to the christening saved her.


Goldilocks And The Three Bears

This is the story of Goldilocks, a curious liitle girl and three bears. This family of three bears had gone out into the wood while their porrige cooled. While they were away, Goldilocks, who had been lost in the wood stumbled upon the cottage of the three bears. Curious, she let herself into the house, ate baby bear’s porridge, broke his chair, and slept in his bed. She started awake, frightened, when the bears returned, and she jumped out the window and ran away.

All of these world’s favorite tales are available in the Rasmed Publications Graded Readers Series. They include titles as various as:

The Wolf And The Seven Little KIds

The Three Billy Goats

The Hare and the Tortoise

The Princess and the Pea

Little Red Riding Hood

Ginger Bread Man

The Ugly Duckling

Snow White and Red Rose

Twelve Dancing Princess


Jack and the Beanstalk


The Adventures of Pinocchio

Puss in Boots

Pied Piper of Hameline

Peter Pan

Jungle Book

Gulliver in Lilliput


Black Beauty

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