“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” ― Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!
Fifteen years ago, the National Education Association established Read Across America Day as an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on Dr. Seuss’ birthday.
Parents have a very important role to play in furthering the purpose of this celebration. You could whip up your best batch of Green Eggs and Ham or dress up like the Cat in the Hat on Read Across America Day, but I also encourage you and your family to continue the movement by having fun reading to them 365 days of the year!
One of the most important foundations for success in school and later in life is literacy learning. You can help your child become a successful reader by providing a literacy-rich environment that makes reading enjoyable. Children naturally gravitate to their favorite books and you can tell by the look on their faces when they open one that they know there’s magic inside.
I have found the following to be good ways to encourage children’s appreciation and love of reading: – Surround children with age-appropriate books on a variety of subjects/themes.
- Read stories to children daily beginning in infancy and encourage children to participate in the story reading.
- Encourage older children (preschool and above) to “read” stories to you.
- Ask your child’s teacher for a list of books they read in class.
- Keep books in the car for “waiting” times or long trips.
- Talk about characters in the stories and their actions.
- Help older (preschool and above) children create a book with their own story about something you did together.
Looking for even more tips? The National Education Association if full of them!