Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss

Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known to the world as the beloved Dr. Seuss, was born in 1904 on Howard Street in Springfield, Massachusetts. Ted's father, Theodor Robert, and grandfather were brewmasters in the city. His mother, Henrietta Seuss Geisel, often soothed her children to sleep by "chanting" rhymes remembered from her youth. Ted credited his mother with both his ability and desire to create the rhymes for which he became so well known.

March 2nd  is "Read Across America Day". This day was started by the National Education Association in honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday. According to an article from PBS, here are ten tips for growing bookworms:

1. Reading aloud to your child (even before birth) as often as possible. Continue to read aloud with your children even after they can read on their own.
2. Read aloud in a comfortable and safe environment.
3. Reading aloud will increase your child's vocabulary.
4. Reading aloud increase a child's attention span.
5. Reading aloud makes children realize reading is important.
6. It is important for Dads and male caregivers to participate in reading aloud. It shows the boys that reading isn't just for girls.
7. For older children, start a book club of reading aloud or listening to audio books together. Stop and discuss interesting parts. It can be an enjoyable time together.
8. Reading aloud is a special time to spend with young children that creates lasting memories.
9. Children that are read aloud to do better in school.
10. Celebrate "Read Across America Day and get your child a library card and start reading aloud today.

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