The More You Read
March 1, 2013
“One Fish. Two Fish. Red Fish. Blue Fish.” We can all recall our very first encounter with Dr. Seuss. Whether the book was read to us, or when we read it on our own for the very first time. The animation, colors and rhymes were all so appealing that reading it once was never enough. A reading committee from the National Education Association decided that it would be a great idea to do something to get kids more excited about reading. So they came up with the ‘NEA’s Read Across America’ and picked March 2; Dr. Seuss’ Birthday to celebrate it. Fifteen years later, here we are ready to celebrate ‘Read Across America,’ and what better way to celebrate than reading to a child?
Today, a few of the first graders were read aloud to by some of the staff at our onsite non-public school. Sticking to the Dr. Seuss theme, they read “I Am Not Going to Get Up Today!” and “Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?” Filled with gladness, the children were able to interact through the detailed animation, sounds and rhyming techniques. Practically after every “Can you?” question, the students would chime in with a giggly response of “Moo-moo” and “Hoo-hoo.” It was very amusing!
Children are never too old to have a story read to them. It is where intelligence is formed and the stimulation of interest to read is increased. Reading to older children helps them understand grammar and correct sentence structure. It creates the ability to build, comprehend, produce narrative and have imagination. The best part of it all is that it creates bonding time. Words of encouragement will help children stay involved in reading and parents or guardians can get creative by tying the book theme to other activities. We encourage you to celebrate reading everyday and always.