“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
That’s a quote from the late great Dr. Seuss, a force to be reckoned with in the world of children’s literacy. Dr. Seuss, whose real name was Theodor Seuss Geisel, made reading fun with his fantastic art and colorful rhymes.
He’s been so influential in early childhood education that the National Education Association (NEA) celebrates Read Across America Day every year on his birthday, March 2. This year, March 2 marks the 20th Anniversary of Read Across America Day.
The NEA’s hope is that Read Across America Day will get children excited about reading. It’s the foundation of learning, after all. And research shows building reading skills early is key to later success in school.
Parent involvement is key, especially before children start school. The U.S. Department of Education reports that low parent involvement results in reading scores 46 points below the national average. But when parents are enthused about reading with children, classroom scores shoot 28 points higher than the national average.
There are a number of ways to get involved and encourage reading. One way is by keeping a mix of reading material around the home. Another is by reciting poems and singing songs that rhyme and that are repetitive. Remember to make frequent trips to the library with your children, too. And show that reading is important by making a point to do it in front of them. And, of course, read with them—every day, if possible, for at least 30 minutes.
Theodor Seuss Geisel knew the importance of empowering our youth. And he did it in a fresh, innovative way that has affected the lives of millions. And we’re all big fans here at Infinite Energy. Happy reading.