Monday, March 2, 2009
I am an avid reader and am committed to instilling a love for reading in Mekhi. He and I read together on a daily basis and when he is off playing many times he reaches for books instead of the nearest toy. Research has shown that reading to children early and often prepares them for literacy and vastly improves their vocabulary. By providing the foundation for literacy in the home, you lay the groundwork for future success in school.
Every year on March 2nd, Dr. Seuss' birthday, the National Education Association (NEA)sponsors Read Across America Day. The purpose of the celebration is to motivate children to read. Today schools, libraries, community centers, and homeschoolers conduct activities to promote reading with children. Google has even gotten into the festive spirit - if you visit google.com you will see the letters are all Dr. Seuss characters. I encourage you to read to your child not only today but everyday. For more information about Read Across America visit the NEA website, there are numerous resources available there for you to celebrate at home.