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Happy 115th Birthday to Dr. Seuss (Theo Geisel)
Happy Read Across America Day!
What’s your favorite Dr. Seuss book?
Raise your hand, if you’re a bookworm and not-so-secretly hope and pray your child becomes one, too! Yep, that’s me, too!
My Momma and I would routinely walk to the biblioteca – weekly library trips would be filled with reading and singing! It was our special bonding time that I am still very fond of today! I joyfully continue this tradition with my two-year-old daughter, Ellie.
Do you take advantage of your county’s library system? There are plenty of FREE story time and arts & crafts activities organized and scheduled for different age groups at your local library!
In elementary school, I waited for the Scholastic Book Club flyer to be passed out in class to circle the books I would love to read next! My own personal little wish-list, pre-Amazon Kindle days! haha
It felt extra special to receive this little curated list of reads by Scholastic just for us!
Maybe that’s why it makes me so very happy to see organizations provide:
High-five to First 5 California (see what I did there?) for initiating these valuable resources for parents throughout our state of California. You may request a New Parent Kit from First 5 California to help you start your child’s literacy development. (Kits are available in English, español, Cantonese, Korean, Mandarin, and Vietnamese.)
To see leaders create organizations in our community such as Read Conmigo is delightful! “Read Conmigo is a bilingual literacy program that provides free children’s books in English and Spanish, educational apps, and literary resources for children in preschool through 5th grade. The program was created in 2010 by Infinity Insurance to provide parents and teachers free tools and resources to help them foster a love of reading among their children and students.” (Read Conmigo website, 2019)
And exceptionally excited to learn of small-businesses like Sol Book Box are inspired by the owners’ own child! The subscription service “Sol Book Box makes reading en español easy by bringing you a carefully curated Spanish or bilingual children’s book each month, sending you stories that celebrate bilingual/bicultural familias.” (Sol Book Box website, 2019)
For the Love of Reading
The people behind these organizations truly care to spark a love of reading in children as early as possible — crucial for early development and their future!
Reading with your child should be fun! Get creative and give each book character a unique sounding voice!
Once you memorize the story (because it will eventually happen) act it out and don’t be afraid to break into song! My Ellie gets a kick out of this one! If there’s one person you should be okay being silly with, it’s your child!
You’ll be giving your child the opportunity to comprehend how words create visuals and emotions, and be able to apply what they’re learning between the lines! Doesn’t this just pump you up?!
By investing time and effort into your child’s reading, you’re investing in their future as a whole.
“Reading makes for confident, smart, and emotionally healthy kids.”Vanessa Nielson, co-owner, Sol Book Box website
Literacy is a Gift
Appreciate and be grateful for these moments. Literacy should not be overseen — it truly is a gift. A gift that can be shared and passed on countless times.
4 Simple Steps To Teach Gratitude
During Story Time:
- After reading a story, ask your child to describe each character’s circumstance from their perspective;
- Join your child by listing five things you’re both grateful for in your daily life (Help them by going first);
- Ask your child to draw the five listed items, or to find photos of them; and
- Create a Gratitude Board to spotlight your list and hang on the wall at their eye level! This will be a great visual reminder when days are not too sunny!
Please share creative activities you have incorporated with story time to make reading interactive and more educational for children!
This is me telling you how lucky you are!
P.S. As a child, or maybe just yesterday, did you worry about having an actual ‘bookworm’ slither out of your book? Asking for a friend.