Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Celebrate the Importance of Reading This Week

This week, schools in Idaho and across the country are celebrating the importance of reading through Read Across America!

If you haven’t heard of it, contact your local school and find out what they are doing to celebrate reading.

Started by the National Education Association, Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading in recognition. It is always planned for March 2, the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss, but is typically a week full of activities related to reading.

At schools across Idaho, students are engaged in reading Dr. Seuss books or hearing from guest readers invited to speak with them during the school day.

Superintendent Luna visited two schools this week:

He was at Lowell Elementary School in Boise on Monday, reading with 2nd grade students in Mrs. Schumacher’s class.

On Tuesday night, Superintendent Luna stopped by the book fair at Willow Creek Elementary School in Nampa to read the Cat in the Hat Comes Back to students and parents.

Reading is just as critical as ever. The Task Force for Improving Education has recommended all Idaho students demonstrate mastery of literacy before moving on to significant content learning.

According to the Task Force report, research shows students should be reading on grade level by the time they leave third grade or it could have a negative impact on the rest of their academic career. Students must learn to read before they can read to learn content in other subject areas.

To learn more about how you can help your child improve their reading skills, talk to your child’s teacher or check out the Department’s Parent Guide to Reading.

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