March into Literacy Month
Celebrate Reading All Month Long
National March into Literacy Month kicks off with the birthday celebration of beloved children’s book author, Dr. Seuss’, on March 2nd! Happy birthday, Dr. Seuss!
For children, creating a relationship with books is critical. Statistics show that reading at a proficient level by the 4th grade is a strong indicator for high school graduation success.
If the child cannot read on their own yet, there are also numerous benefits being read to by an adult. Studies show that children who were read to were more likely to perform better in school, even in areas such as math.
Not only are there academic benefits, reading is another outlet for creative play as well. Books allow children to engage their imagination and expand their mind.
Here are a few ways you can celebrate literacy this month:
1. Read to children and encourage them to read. Children learn how to read better when they hear others read. Take turns reading aloud to build their confidence in their own reading skill. Make it a practice to read to the children in your life. The sooner you start reading to your child, the better.
2. Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday on Mar. 2 at Fairytale Town. Come dressed in your pajamas and enjoy fun literacy based activities, readings from your favorite children’s books, bilingual story time, poetry, arts and crafts and more! And “If you never did, you should. These things are fun, and fun is good.” For more information, click here.
3. Make reading fun! Reading is not a chore. Make silly voice characters, interact and engage with your child. Reading time is fun time!
4. Join an initiative that supports early literacy competency. Programs, such as United Way’s AARP Experience Corps, are passionate about giving every child the chance to succeed in academics by ensuring they are proficient in literacy.