March is full of exciting reading fun! It’s the month to celebrate Dr. Seuss for one! Another newer reading trend is from a non-profit website called Read Aloud. They promote reading to children at least 15 minutes per day from birth through childhood. They even promote reading to your unborn children as well. This month they are hosting a 21-day reading challenge.
- You sign up on the website and post pictures of you reading for 15 minutes with your children. It’s a great way to connect each day, and it is not so much time that it is unreasonable. If you already have a reading routine, then just continue what you do every day already.
- http://www.readaloud.org/21daychallenge.html here is a link to the reading challenge. Using social media post what you are doing, then challenge others with children to join in as well. This challenge is to promote daily universal reading habits.
There are so many ways to celebrate the Great Dr. Seuss. Pinterest is full of ideas from painting to cooking to go along with all of Dr. Seuss’s books.
- It’s a great time to get involved at your child’s school. Ask how you can contribute. Last year at our school we had a teacher potluck of Dr. Seuss goodies. Each person made something and named it after a book. I made “Hop on Pop” candied popcorn that was read and blue.
- Every year we do spirit weeks for the two-week unit of Dr. Seuss. Each day is themed around one of the books like “Wacky Wednesday” and silly sock day for “Fox in Socks”. Celebrating such an influential author creates so much fun around reading.
- Make a Dr. Seuss reading challenge. Read each one of his books and plan one activity to go along with it. You can easily spend more than a month doing this. Or extend it into Summer if you need activities to fill the days. Make all the fun messes in the backyard!
- Rewind to when you were in elementary school and think about what your school did for Dr. Seuss week. I remember always making green eggs and ham in class. We also set up a cozy reading area in the front office full of each Dr. Seuss book our library had. It was a huge deal to get chosen to go read for a little while in it.
March will be kept busy with all these fun plans! Enjoy reading on readers!
Lead Prekindergarten Teacher