March is commonly known in the Education World for several reading activities including Read Across America and the famous children’s author, Dr. Seuss’s birthday on March 2nd. While these two are related to each other they also connect reading to our families, schools and communities. So, why all the hype? 1) language  and vocabulary development; 2) bonding time; 3) visual and imagination stimulation; 4) teaching about the world around them; 5) exercises the brain and 6) creates a love for life-long reading! (https://www.cameverlands.org.uk/10-benefits-of-reading/)

All of these developments are essential to a child’s growth and the simplest thing we, as parents and educators, can do is READ!!! This article on the Zero to Three website( https://www.zerotothree.org/resources/1833-read-early-and-often) provides some great examples of types of books for each age and stage!

Here are a few facts about numbers 1 through 6 in the first paragraph–how do you and your family stack up?   

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Reading is a whole body experience! During their day at school, your child will use their fine and large motor skills to color, cut, glue, create, pick up and play with many objects! They will read books, tell stories and use their imagination to go on adventures through songs and stories. During Bible time, they may act out or see our teachers act out stories to make them come alive! When your child gets to the Beginner class they will begin having reading groups; one on one time and small group time with their teacher learning letters and letter sounds and use that growing knowledge in the Advance class to make silly words and blends and continue to practice their language development!

So what are you reading with your kids? What is their favorite book? Do they like to act out stories and songs and nursery rhymes? We hope that you can answer all of these questions with ease!

Resources: 

https://www.growingkids.com/child-care-warsaw/benefits-of-reading-to-your-kids/

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http://oomscholasticblog.com/post/why-reading-best-workout-your-brain