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 was 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!