Today is Read Across America Day and I would like to take this occasion to focus this issue on reading - one of the most fundamental and important skills for young students.
As the parent of young children myself, I incorporate as much reading as possible into the time I spend and activities I take part in with my kids, and I am continually amazed at how reading unlocks their curiosity and imagination. While most parents and educators fully understand that the development of proper reading skills is absolutely essential to the success of our kids as they grow older, we don’t always place a consistent focus on reading, especially as the interests of our kids expand, the amount of activities they participate in increases and homework becomes more difficult.
This month's lesson plan will detail a great way to connect literature to your students' lives, and I encourage you to utilize it to begin a discussion about reading in your own classroom. Even in an age of computers, television and video games, I think you will find that most students speak emphatically about their favorite books. It may even be fun to develop a class reading list that each student can refer to when choosing his or her next book. Don’t forget to review the “Today in Education” section as we have again highlighted some unique methods teachers are using in classrooms throughout the country.
Enjoy the rest of March and celebrate the gift of literature with your students! Continue to send your comments, questions and suggestions my way, and look for our next issue to arrive in early April.