The children at Care-a-lot of Farmington / Canandaigua recently enjoyed a center-wide author study of Dr. Seuss. From the infants to the school-age children, everyone was in on the action! Both teachers and children read many of this famous author’s books. They also extended their learning with sensory activities related to the stories they read, nutrition learning based on food items mentioned in some of the books, fine motor skill building with a variety of arts and craft activities, and much more.
However the main focus was on reading aloud. Dr. Seuss books lend themselves perfectly to reading aloud to all ages. There is something to charm every person, “no matter how small;” from the sing-song rhyming scheme, to the moral lessons, to the whimsical illustrations. The stories of this wonderful author are a great way to engage children!
Reading aloud to children is an important and enjoyable way to build for their future. Reading aloud helps with language development, builds literacy skills, instills a love of reading, encourages brain development, aids in teaching many content areas, and provides opportunities for bonding time. Research shows that reading aloud is the single most important thing we can do to help children prepare for reading and learning!
Educator and author, Jim Trelease has this to say about the positive effects of reading aloud:
– The more you read, the more you know.
– The more you know, the smarter you grow.
– The smarter you are, the longer you stay in school.
– The longer you stay in school, the more diplomas you earn and the longer you are employed; thus the more money you earn in a lifetime.
– The more diplomas you earn, the higher your children’s grades will be in school.
– The more diplomas you earn, the longer you live.
Reading aloud is always included in Care-a-lot’s daily plans. It is never too early to start reading aloud to children. Important learning and brain development is going on even if a child is chewing on the books or seeming not to pay attention. If you are looking for something to read at home with your child, we highly recommend anything by Dr. Seuss!