Dr. Seuss

Reading Across America

February 29, 2012

What develops curious minds and is a distinguishing factor in student achievement and long-term success? Well, reading, of course!

Celebrating its 15th year this Friday, March 2nd is National Read Across America Day. Founded by the National Education Association in 1998 on the birthday of Dr. Seuss, Read Across America Day is dedicated to promoting the importance of reading. With more than 50 million kids and adults taking part in Read Across America Day in 2011, it’s the largest reading event in the nation.

Besides picking up a good book and reading to your kids, here are some other creative activities you might want to consider courtesy of Education.com:

Top 5 Seussational Celebrations:
1. Make a Cat in the Hat-Inspired Hat: What better way to embrace the world of Dr. Seuss than to dress up like one of his classic characters? This accessory-making activity celebrates the fun of this famous feline.
2. Make a Green Eggs and Ham-Inspired Placemat: Before your kindergartner devours her own version of green eggs and ham, she’s going to need a one-of-a-kind placemat to match! Here’s how to get started.
3. Play Hop on Pop Hopscotch: Celebrate Seuss and develop your child’s reading and vocabulary skills with this happy hop-filled game!
4. Make a Horton-Inspired Elephant Nose and Ears: Encourage your child to celebrate Read Across America Day by making his own elephant costume inspired by Horton from Horton Hears a Who!.
5. Play an ABC Balloon Game: Looking for a fun and active way to celebrate Read Across America Day? Try this great balloon game inspired by The Cat in the Hat Comes Back.

For more information on Read Across America and the NEA:

https://www.facebook.com/neareadacrossamerica
http://www.readacrossamerica.org/
http://www.nea.org/grants/886.htm

Last but not least, inspire your child’s imagination with a Seussical space!

Have a recommended read or unique activity for Read Across America Day? We’d love to hear about it!

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