Read Across America day is hosted by the National Education Association (NEA). Of course, they promote reading 365 days a year (plus 1 for this year!), but today is a special day to promote reading and to motivate every child to become an avid reader. And this year, there's even a Dr. Seuss movie coming out just for the kids. The Lorax hits theaters today, and it's themes have generated this year's color scheme: GREEN. The Lorax calls for people everywhere to clean up their environments and to be wary of over-consumption.
So why do we celebrate both Read Across America and Dr. Seuss' birthday on the same day? Well, because Dr. Seuss promoted amusing, playful learning tools for you and I to share with any and every child. There's nothing better than a child's reading successes. Now we've always known that literacy starts with infancy, but the NEA has put together this nifty handout: 6 Keys to Help a Child Become a Good Reader.
- Start early
- Surround your child with a reading-rich environment
- Talk with your child
- Teach your child while you read aloud
- Help your child develop critical thinking skills
- Find a good preschool setting
And last but not least, remember to READ EVERYDAY!