Tuesday, March 9, 2010

It's Time to Read!

March is time for Read Across America here in the United States, when the National Education Association encourages us to celebrate reading. The kickoff date for this annual event was March 2nd, which is also Dr. Suess' birthday.

Reading Rockets is a wonderful reading-themed website to visit, with a wealth of information for launching young readers. You can also pick up some nifty widgets, like this one:

and this one:

PBS KIDS Island is another good destination. This interactive website promotes early reading. First, you set up an account. This allows you to keep track of how you (or your child) are progressing through the games. The website keeps track of which games you play and how well you perform on each type of game. The summary data can help to pinpoint any problem areas with reading comprehension. And, you get to collect points and earn rides, games, and virtual prizes along the way. Little Brother loves it! He built up his whole island and we had to create some new identities for him so that he could have the fun of working through it all over again.

Whatever you choose to read this month, or however you might celebrate, happy reading, everyone!

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