Reading is a cornerstone life skill that is the basis of classroom success. The abilities to learn about new subjects, to find information on topics, and to conduct research depend on reading. On Monday, March 2, schools, libraries, and bookstores throughout the USA will celebrate the memory of Dr. Seuss. For many children, Dr. Seuss is their first introduction to reading. Let’s help children develop the life-long joy of reading on what would have been Dr. Seuss’ 111th birthday. Check with your local schools, libraries, and bookstores for events that promote this celebration.
At home, model an example and read with your family throughout March. Research shows that when children read outside of the classroom, they do better in schools. Worried about reading to your child? Don’t be. Use different voices for characters, hand gestures, and movement. For emerging readers, point to easy sight words (for ex., I, he, she, am, in, on) and have them read. Ask your children what they think will happen next in the story.
Make it fun, not stressful. You can find more ideas at the National Education Association site. Most of all, kids will love the attention and the time they spend with you. Reading is a skill, and one that can bring joy and fulfillment throughout life. Give your voice and your time and read.
(Some content was adapted from Councilman Mike Gatto’s Read Across America notification.)