EDISON—Through its annual Read Across America celebration on March 2, the National Education Association is encouraging schools, libraries, community centers and other organizations to “build a nation of readers” by bringing children, teenagers and books together. Huntington Learning Center is joining the bandwagon in Edison by encouraging both the young and old to read while offering tips on how to make reading fun.
“Read Across America Day, celebrated on Dr. Seuss’s birthday, gives education professionals like us another reason to show children and teenagers in the community how important and exciting reading can be for them,” said Deirdre Nisbet of Huntington Learning Center of Edison.
“Reading is such an integral part of growing. And, with the continued popularity around technology advances in social media, cell phones and video games, we want to bring back the ‘fun’ in fundamental reading.”
NEA is in its 14th year of its Read Across America Day campaign, commemorating the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, renowned writer and cartoonist most widely known for his children’s books written under the pen name Dr. Seuss. NEA’s initiative calls for professionals and other adults to motivate children and teens to read through events, partnerships, and reading resources.
Nisbet recommends the following examples that can help parents encourage their children to read:
• Mark your calendar for reading time. Designate a day and time where each family member in your household comes together for at least 30 minutes to take turns in reading something aloud. Whether it is a children’s book, adventure story, teen magazine or sports publication, you are promoting family time, learning about your children’s interests, and encouraging reading as a fun activity.
• Bring reading into the kitchen. Find a recipe for your next family dinner and ask your child or teenager to help you read the recipe and prepare the meal. Children and young adults always love to help out in the kitchen and when it comes time to eat, he or she will be proud to say that he or she helped out!
• Take a library field trip. Not only do libraries offer a ton of books for you and your children to choose from, they have a myriad of activities for children and teenagers that promote reading. Check out your local library’s monthly calendar of events, and also make regular trips there with them to choose weekly or monthly reading materials.
• Ask for help. If you need assistance with encouraging your children to read, ask the librarian, your child’s teachers, or other education professionals for help. Tutoring centers like the Huntington Learning Center in Edison can help your child improve their reading skills.
“In recognition of Read Across America Day, we want to encourage parents to make reading fun for everyone in their family, but it’s important for parents to know they should be good examples as readers; let your children see you reading everyday and watch them practice positive reading habits on their own,” Nisbet said.
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