Happy Birthday Doctor Seuss!
It’s Read Across America Day
March 1, 2013 is National Read Across America Day. Join us as we celebrate the power of reading in honor of Doctor Seuss’s Birthday. Reading with your children every day is one of the most important things you can do to help your preschooler learn. Here are some ways to make reading educational, bonding and fun.
Read with your child daily
- Make it a ritual. Set up a time that works for you family and stick to it. You might read every night together curled up in bed after a bath. Or maybe start every morning cuddled up reading a good book. Or maybe both. What’s important is to make it a habit, a routine. Even 5-10 minutes is enough. Just do it.
- Read the same books over and over and over and over and over and over. Children love the repetition and the familiarity of the same books. It’s comforting and educational. With repetition they will learn basic grammar and story structure, vocabulary words and to associate words with illustrations. Soon they will be able to tell the story themselves and pretend they are reading. As the repetition continues they will begin to associate the words with what they are saying.
- Introduce new books too. New books help children learn new words, new stories, new ideas, morals, etc. When its time to potty train, read some potty books. When its time to start elementary school, read some books about it.
Be silly, fun & enthusiastic when you read with preschoolers
- Show enthusiasm as you read with your child. Read the story with expression. Make it more interesting by talking as the characters would talk, making sound effects, and making expressions with your face and hands. You can even get up and act it out alone or together. Stomp around like the giant. Sing like the princess. Leap like the frog. The more fun the better.
Read these or any great Doctor Seuss books:
Reading together is fun and a great way to learn! Ready. Set. Go! Read something together every day.