READ ACROSS AMERICA
On March 2, the National Education Association calls for every child to be reading in the company of a caring adult.
“You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.”
What better way to celebrate Dr. Seuss‘s birthday than reading to a child? On the evening of March 2nd (Dr. Seuss’s birthday), Random House and the National Education Association (NEA) urge you to participate in the annual Read Across America and read to a child.
WHY CELEBRATE DR. SEUSS?
What other writer was born in the early 1900’s, wrote best selling children’s books in the 1950’s and who’s work probably is represented in your very own library right this minute? I can only think of one author that fits that bill! Dr. Seuss!
Dr. Seuss epitomizes a love of children and learning. Also, his use of rhyme makes his books an effective tool for teaching young children the basic skills they need to be successful. When we celebrate Dr. Seuss and reading, we send a clear message to America’s children that reading is fun and important.
Picture a world with no technology, art, and even words. That would be a boring world. Dr. Seuss made hilarious books, and if it wasn’t for him, we may not even have children books that teach kids how to rhyme. He may not seem like much of a hero but he didn’t have a very good childhood and still became a great writer and cartoonist. He worked hard toward his dream and he finally accomplished it.
Theodor Geisel was born March 2, 1904 and died on September 24, 1991. That was a day to be sad. In 2002, the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden opened in his birthplace of Springfield Massachusetts. It features sculptures of Dr. Seuss and of many of his characters. More than 200 million of Dr. Seuss’s books have been bartered in more than 15 different languages all over the world.
Dr. Seuss’s contributions were amazing. He grew up from a child and he worked for his dreams, and they came true. If it wasn’t for Dr. Seuss children may not have enjoyed reading as much. Dr. Seuss taught kids that reading is fun. They learned about Sneetches and Grinches, and earned a big imagination.
Many schools celebrated his 100th birthday on March 2, 2004. They realized Dr. Seuss’s talent in art, so did many other people. I guess that all that Ted did helped him become the man that he grew up to be. Thank you for Dr. Seuss.
Another great Dr. Seuss idea from a friend of mine: Christy Jordan
Dr. Seuss Wocket In My Pocket Cupcakes! *Wocket Cupcake Printable*
Click the Share button below to got to Christy’s blog. There you will find instructions on how to make these adorable cupcakes and the links to print out the toppers! Thanks Christy!!!! (the photo below is her’s also)
Also from Christy’s blog….”
And here is a special poem I found on the NEA website!
Read Across America Poem
~Courtesy of the NEA
You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild,
To pick up a book and read with a child.
You’re never too busy, too cool, or too hot,
To pick up a book and share what you’ve got.
In schools and communities,
Let’s gather around,
Let’s pick up a book,
Let’s pass it around.
There are kids all around you,
Kids who will need
Someone to hug,
Someone to read.
Come join us March 2nd
Your own special way
And make this America’s
Read to Kids Day.”
21 Things to do with the kids this Summer….
while keeping your sense and your cents!
Kids bored yet? Looking for good ideas to keep your kids happy, healthy and maybe even gain an educational experience at the same time?
Here are some ideas that might be helpful to you when looking for good family friendly activities. Many of these are based on the Memphis area…but you can “google” your city and come back with similar ideas of your own. I will admit that living in Memphis is pretty amazing with the Peabody Ducks, Graceland and attractions too numerous to count! Please check into what your city has to offer…. I bet you will be surprised! Here’s what I came up with….
1. Find restaurants that have a “kids eat free (or cheap)” night!
2. Look into buying a local coupon book like “Entertainment Book”. It will pay for itself OVER and OVER!
There are coupons for all sorts of activities in there like miniature golf, bowling and other family friendly outings!
3. Your city may have great ideas…. Google it!
4. Check out your city for Museums!
The Children’s Museum of Memphis
C.H. Nash Museum at the Chucalissa Archaeological Site
Memphis Cotton Museum
Graceland – Home of Elvis!
5. Local Attractions – Some are free!
Image via Wikipedia
6. Free downloads/ Music to celebrate our Country’s Birthday on July 4th.
7. Free Coloring Pages for your budding artist!
8. Build Something Together!
9. Subscribe to a Family Friendly Magazine
10. Free Kids Movies through Blockbuster or Red Box
11. Storytime at your local bookstores….encourages reading and it’s FREE!
12. Summer Reading Incentive Programs
13. Summer Movie Programs- How about a movie for 50 cents or even $1!
14. Make colorful popsicles!
15. Make some cupcakes with Ninja Toppers….just for fun!
16. Find a local Water Park… and go get wet!
17. Take time to read to your kids…or check out a free illustrated read!
18. Go to the Zoo!
19. Research your heritage. Let the kids make their own family tree!
20. Take the kids and the dogs to a local dog park!
21. In this busy world….take time to talk and be there for each other (free)!
OTHER SOURCES OF SUMMER INSPIRATION!