10 ways to make National Read across America Day a family fun day
Now in its 16th year, the Read Across America Day movement is asking every child in every community to celebrate reading on the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss. To help with this exciting challenge, here are 10 easy ways to make this day a special event for your family.
1. Cook up A READING ADVENTURE
|Green eggs and ham is an easy Dr. Seuss-themed breakfast to make!|
2. Check your local library for reading programs
3. Make a Seuss-themed day
Consider making each book even more special by also renting Dr. Seuss videos of the book. And if your child is less interested in reading then watching a video, consider making the movie of the book a reward for first reading the book.
But don't stop there; think how much fun it would be to have the family get dressed up like Dr. Seuss, or like the colorful characters from his one of his books.
4. Family reading in character
|Reading together can be fun for kids of all ages|
5. Read in chorus
6. Reading day crafts
7. Literary Field Trip
8. Reading contests
You can also use this special day as a kickoff to a month-long reading challenge. Such a challenge in my fourth grade created the foundation to what became a lifelong love of reading for me. It was simple enough; the student to read the most books (and write a one-page book report on each) by the end of the semester got to have lunch at a local restaurant with the teacher. Several of us took the challenge seriously. Yes: I won. But the real victory was for any of us who created a habit of reading as a result of the contest.
The reward for your contest need not be expensive to be worth winning, and their only needs to be one competitor. For example, give your child a challenge to read a certain number of books before 5 PM. If they succeed, they get to stay up an hour late, or they get to turn you into a chocolate sundae, painting your hair with chocolate syrup and whipped topping.
9. Embrace internet reading
Obviously, the Internet introduces some risks to children, so use it wisely as a teaching tool. But your Internet connection can bring reading fun to your family. For instance, take a look at the Skype an Author Network, which lets you create a virtual visit with an author. Also check out Google Lit Trips, offering free downloadable files that mark the journeys of famous authors or characters from famous literature on the surface of Google Earth.