Helping Children Succeed by Reading

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“The more that you read, the more things you will know.
The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
Dr. Seuss, “I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!”

As a teacher, life long learner, and most importantly a mother, I LOVE this quote! Such a simple, powerful truth! With “Reading Week” here on the blog, it’s no secret that we like books around our house! And, we start “reading” early! 🙂

Reading is so important in children’s achievement–not only for it’s for obvious/practical reasons, but for it’s ability to fuel the imagination, spark creativity, and build knowledge in ways that few other activities can do. Having taught students of varying ages and levels– including both special education and honors classes, I have seen first hand the impact that reading has in the lives of over 1,000 students. And while there are certainly many other factors that play a role, reading is definitely one very vital piece to the “children achievement puzzle”. I so wish that all of my students and their parents would have taken that Dr. Seuss quote to heart!
So, like many of you, we make reading part of our everyday life. Reading stories together is the last thing we do together every day. Books “live” in just about every room of our house. And, there are books in the car, books in the diaper bag, books, books, books. I have “a thing” for them. Book stores can be dangerous! In fact, if we won the lottery, I dream of one of those huge, beautiful libraries–you know, the one with the big, sliding ladder?! Heaven!
Clearly, I love reading books myself and love reading to my little guys even more. It is my hope that this love of reading books will not only help with their success, but help develop a life-long love of learning.

What kinds of reading activities do you like to do with your kiddos?
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  1. Katie says

    LOVE this post! And your little guy is a DOLL! He has a lot of the same outfits as my little guy! Must be super awesome 🙂

  2. Jenni Price illustration says

    There is so much reading going on at your blog it's fabulous! I too LOVE children's books and I really enjoy going in the kid's section at the library and at the bookstore.

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