Read Across America
The National Education Association (NEA) started “Read Across America.” This day is celebrated in many elementary schools. It promotes and motivates children to celebrate reading. It is normally celebrated on March 2, in honor of the famous author: Dr. Seuss!
Read Across America is a day to celebrate reading, which is such an important skill for young children to master. Throughout the years I have taught in many school districts and many grades. Schools have been pressured into teaching so many specific skills for standardized testing, that it has not left much time to incorporate the arts or story time. When a student is asked to bring a book in to read after a test while others are still working, a common response is a sigh or they complain about reading. Whether it is factual or for enjoyment, it so important to get a book into a child’s hands. Let them have a choice so they will be able to have fun and learn at the same time. If you have children, take the time at home and read them a story, practice reading with them, and encourage them to read! Let their minds soar! Introduce them to different genres, and let them have a choice about what they want to read. Allow them to find a love for reading! They will have fun and be learning in the process without even realizing it.
During “Read Across America” many schools will have business owners, parents, grandparents, police officers, etc…come in and read stories to children. If this is an opportunity in a school near you, and you are a parent, or an aunt/uncle, take the interest and time, and volunteer to read a story to their class. This is suppose to be a fun day filled with reading activities and to focus and celebrate a love for reading and learning! This use to be one of my favorite days to celebrate during the school year!
(Wearing my “Reading Rocks” t-shirt and my red and silver “Read Across America” nails.)
One of my favorite courses in college that I took was a Children’s Literacy class. Teaching phonics and reading was what I was most passionate about while teaching in the classroom. Some of my favorite children’s books and authors growing up or currently would be: Curious George-H. A. Rey, The Very Hungry Caterpillar-Eric Carle, If You Give a Moose a Muffin-Laura Joffe Numeroff, Fancy Nancy-Jane O’ Connor, Junie B. Jones-Barbara Park, Pete the Cat-I Love My White Shoes-James Dean, and there are way too many more for me to name.
What were some of your favorite books growing up?
Although, I won’t be celebrating “Read Across America” in a classroom this year, I am going to focus on taking some time each night this month to read for enjoyment for myself!
Happy Read Across America Day!
The year is coming to an end and everyone around us will be talking about resolutions or goals for the upcoming year! I have a book that I bought a few years ago and I review it almost every December when the month is about to end. It is sometimes difficult to achieve what you had envisioned at the beginning of the year. This why I love the book, “The Happiness Project,” by Gretchen Rubin.
The Happiness Project
“The Happiness Project,” written by Gretchen Rubin is honestly one of my favorite books that I have ever bought. This is a book that you can go back to multiple times for ideas and inspirations.
The one thing that I love most about this book is that anyone can relate to it. The start of a new year is right around the corner. In this book, I like the idea of focusing on one big goal for the month and listing a few mini goals that will help you to achieve the main goal for that month. Coming up with 12 big goals with mini goals that go along with them, helps to keep the big goal in perspective. Once the goal is achieved, try to carry it throughout the year.
I have made an outline yearly. The hard part for me is keeping it going throughout the year. I will say that I have achieved some of my goals from last year, just not all of them. I always start off strong and then life gets in the way. One way to help stay focused on the goals will be to remind myself weekly of what I’m focusing on. I may even try to add four mini goals, which would be one goal a week to achieve the main goal for that month. Fingers crossed…this solution works!
Another idea I would like to focus on for the new year is a Gratitude/Positivity journal. Each day I must write down something positive or that I was grateful for, for that day!
What are your goals and resolutions for 2017? Share your tips and tricks with me on how you work on your resolutions and goals to keep them throughout the year!
A Sweet Read…
Book: The Wedding Bees Author: Sarah-Kate Lynch
This was one of my favorite books that I read over the summer. If you are looking for a sweet (no pun intended) read with some added romance, you will enjoy this book! I didn’t want to put this book down at night. I wanted to keep reading it because I just the loved the meaning that went with the story. Sometimes when you least expect something, you will find the hidden underlying reason of why you followed the path that you were on.
Book: Battlefield of the Mind Author: Joyce Meyer
We all have our good and bad days and as you know some days are tougher to get through than others. When I am having one of those days when I am looking for some answers or looking for something to make me feel differently, this was the book that I would take time out of the day to read. It helped me feel a little bit better even if I had only a little bit of time or if I was getting too tired to read. If you are looking for inspiration or hope, I recommend this book, “Battlefield of the Mind.“