NEA’s Read Across America Day
Every year on March 2nd, the NEA celebrates Dr. Seuss’s birthday with Read Across America Day – an initiative that promotes reading, particularly for children and young adults. Creative Learning will participate along with many other schools, libraries and community center across the United States by bringing people together to take part in reading books.
Here at Creative Learning we honor Dr. Seuss and the promotion of reading by celebrating “Dr. Seuss Month,” including a variety of silly themed-days such as funny hat day, pajama day, green eggs and ham day, as well as others.
Reading to children and helping them to learn to read is a vital activity that should be practiced both in school and home. According to the U.S. Department of Education, children who are read to at home enjoy a substantial advantage over children who are not:
- Twenty-six percent of children who were read to three or four times in the last week by a family member recognized all letters of the alphabet. This is compared to 14 percent of children who were read to less frequently.
- The NCES1 also reported that children who were read to frequently are also more likely to:
- count to 20, or higher than those who were not (60% vs. 44%)
- write their own names (54% vs. 40%)
- read or pretend to read (77% vs. 57%)
- According to NCES, only 53 percent of children ages three to five were read to daily by a family member (1999). Children in families with incomes below the poverty line are less likely to be read to aloud everyday than are children in families with incomes at or above poverty.
- The more types of reading materials there are in the home, the higher students are in reading proficiency, according to the Educational Testing Service.
- The Educational Testing Services reported that students who do more reading at home are better readers and have higher math scores; however, students read less for fun as they get older.
For more information regarding Read Across America and for printable activities and events, follow this link to the Seussville website.
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