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The National Education Association’s (NEA) Read Across America Day is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss.
Motivating children to read is an important factor in student achievement and creating lifelong successful readers. Research has shown that children who are motivated and spend more time reading do better in school.
At Cleveland hearing & Speech Center, we encourage kids to read by offering all children a free book to read and keep from our Little Free Library, located in the lobby of our University Circle office. And, by promoting Dr. Seuss’ motto:
You’re never too old
Too wacky or wild
To pick up a book
And read to a child.
Reading aloud for 15 minutes to a child – such as a bedtime story – is the most important factor in a foundation of literacy success.
- Children from professional families have heard about 45 million words; children from working class families have heard about 26 million words and children from families at or below the poverty level have heard about 13 million words. These numbers show that there is a “30 million word gap” between those children from professional families and those children who come from families at or below the poverty level.
- Reading aloud stimulates language development even before a child can talk.
- Reading aloud to a child for 15 minutes every day — approximately the time of a bedtime story — is crucial for reading, learning and language skill development.
- If a child is not reading at grade level by the end of the first grade, there is an 88% probability the child will not be reading at grade level by the end of the fourth grade.
- Nationally, 37% of children arrive in kindergarten without the skills necessary to begin their learning journey.
- More than half the children in the U.S. (13 million) will not hear a bedtime story tonight.
If you have questions or concerns about your child’s literacy development, or are interested in books from our Little Free Library, contact Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center at 216-231-8787 or visit chsc.org.