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Read Across America Day is the biggest reading party of the year, and chances are, your school will be participating. Not sure where to start, or how to get your students involved? Here’s how to jump start the day with event tips and ideas to make reading fun for everyone!
- Talk to school staff. Your fellow teachers and administrators may already be planning to celebrate Read Across America Day … or they may never have heard of it. Get support and approval from your school principal, and then share ideas, information and inspiration with others at your school. Working together, school staff can get people excited about reading and transform not only one classroom, but a whole school with fun events and activities.
- Plan ahead. The official date is March 2, the birthday of Dr. Seuss. However, some schools celebrate the week before or after. Check your school calendar as early as possible to avoid scheduling conflicts, and feel free to celebrate on a day that’s convenient for your students and the school.
- Liaise with your school librarian. What better person to coordinate with than the keeper of the books? He or she may already be familiar with Read Across America and have ideas to contribute or books selections and themes to suggest. Either way, your school librarian is an excellent resource for inside information on page-turners, prose and more!
- Call in the community. According to the NEA, the most popular activity on Read Across America Day is to invite guest readers to come to your class on March 2 and read to students. Policemen, firefighters, local politicians, community leaders, high school athletes, and other people in the neighborhood may love reading, and love sharing books with others! What were their favorite books when they were kids? What do they like best about reading? Your kids will get a kick out of hearing one of their favorite books read by a special guest.
- Get the parents involved. Celebrate reading outside of the classroom by giving parents ideas for fun reading activities to do at home. Need help on the big day? Moms and Dads may just be itching to come in a lend a hand, so don’t be afraid to ask for help!
- Throw a birthday party. It’s the birthday of the man who inspired kids and adults alike to celebrate reading with classics like The Cat in the Hat, Greens Eggs and Ham, and so many other favorites! Celebrate with a Seussational cake, a round or two of singing happy birthday, and decorating with festive, Seuss-themed flair.
- Read, read, read! Celebrate reading year-round by creating an exciting and encouraging environment in which your child can explore her reading wonders. Dr. Seuss's birthday is a great opportunity for you to take time to remind your child how truly inspiring reading can be!
Top 5 Seussational Activities to Celebrate With:
- Make a Cat in the Hat-Inspired Hat: What better way to embrace the world of Dr. Seuss than to dress up like one of his classic characters? This accessory making activity channels perhaps the most famous of all - The Cat in the Hat.
- Make a Green Eggs and Ham-Inspired Placemat: Before your kindergartener devours her own version of green eggs and ham, she's going to need a one-of-a-kind placemat to match! Here's how to get started.
- Play Hop on Pop Hopscotch: Celebrate Seuss and help build your child's reading and vocabulary skills with this happily hop-filled game! Play Hop on Pop Hopscotch!
- Make a Horton-Inspired Elephant Nose and Ears:Encourage your kindergartener to celebrate Read Across America Day by making her own elephant costume inspired by Horton from Horton Hears a Who! by Dr. Seuss.
- Play an ABC Balloon Game: Looking for a fun and active way to celebrate Read Across America Day? Try this crazy balloon game inspired by The Cat in the Hat Comes Back by Dr. Seuss.
Let the reading begin!