Dear WOGCA Elementary Parents,
WOGCA CELEBRATES READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY!
What is Read Across America Day?
The National Education Association’s Read Across America 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.
When is Read Across America Day?
Read Across America Day is, Wednesday, March 2, 2016
What will Word of God Christian Academy Elementary students be doing?
First, the students at Word of God Christian Academy will take part in a Drop Everything and Read session on Wednesday, March 2nd from 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm. We encourage each student to bring their favorite Dr. Suess book or a reading book by another author to read quietly for 30 minutes. If desired, the teachers may also, conduct a drop everything and read whole group read aloud and discussion during the 30 minutes.
Next, at 1:00 pm, the elementary students will participate in an assembly in the school gym, conducted by, Mrs. Shawnonne Pickett, author of Henry the Couch Has a Secret and Henry the Couch Has an Even Bigger Secret on the importance of reading and finding fun in reading.
In addition, all elementary students and teachers are encouraged to dress as a favorite Dr. Seuss book character. Some examples include, Cat in the Hat and his friends, The Lorax movie and Thing 1 Thing 2.
Our school administration, teachers, parents and family will work together in an effort to reinforce the importance of reading to our students. Check out the “did you know” sheet on the known facts about reading.
DID YOU KNOW?
LITTLE KNOWN FACTS ABOUT READING
- The U.S. Department of Education5 found that, generally, the more students read for fun on their own time, the higher their reading scores.
- According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a division of the U.S. Department of Education1, children who are read to at home enjoy a substantial advantage over children who are not
- Twenty-six percent of children who were read to three or four times in the last week by a family member recognized all letters of the alphabet. This is compared to 14 percent of children who were read to less frequently.
- The NCES1 also reported that children who were read to frequently are also more likely to:
- count to 20, or higher than those who were not (60% vs. 44%)
- write their own names (54% vs. 40%)
- read or pretend to read (77% vs. 57%)
(Statistical information, cited from The National Education Association; Facts about Children’s Literacy 2002-2015)
“The more that you read. The more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss