“The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go”
~ Dr. Seuss
In school circles, many classrooms are celebrating Dr. Seuss month. Dr. Seuss’ birthday is March 2. Yes I know this date has passed, but we can still take some time to enjoy his books. My favourite has always been Horton Hears a Who. That silly elephant gets me every time! What is your favourite Dr. Seuss Book? Have you shared the book with your child yet?
Did you know that the simple act of reading a story to your children every night helps to improve their literacy? If you begin once they’re born, and read one book a night, by the time your child turns 5 years old they will have heard 1,825 books. Those 20 minutes a day can make all the difference to your child.
So this weekend, make time to read as a family. Here are some ideas on how to do this in fun and different ways:
Take turns reading the bedtime story (for example: they read you one page, you read the next)
- Play a board game
- Visit your local library and pick out some brand new books
- Read a recipe and cook something yummy together
- Create a comfy reading space in your home, like a fort
- Put your child in charge of reading the grocery list at the store
- Taking a long road trip? Grab an audio book and listen to it in the car. This is a great way to enjoy a story all together and promote literacy skills (even early readers enjoy hearing chapter books) like vocabulary and comprehension