Have you read something yet with one of your kids today?
While I hope that on any given day that answer would always be a resounding 'Yes!", today it's even more special–it's Read Across America, which has been celebrated since 1998 on March 2 in conjunction with Theodore Seuss Geisel's (Dr. Seuss) birthday. It's basically an National Education Association (NEA) sponsored pep rally for reading.
For lots of reading activities go to Random House Children's Books page Seussville.com …though skip it today, because the site'll probably be a bit slow due to all the NEA traffic.
Here are the NEA's 6 Ways to Raising Good Readers (with exposition by Moi):
Did you know that, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, since 1993 only 53 to 58 percent of children ages three to five are read to at home on a daily basis?! I don't know about you, but I find that a pretty terrifying thought.
Since 1998, over 50 organizations along with parents and teachers all over the country have come together on Theodore Guisel's (aka Dr. Seuss) birthday to celebrate the importance of reading and to motivate children to read. According to the National Education Association, the government organization which sponsors Read Across America 45+ million children and adults are expected to participate nationwide this year!