AM Inspiration: Add Your Bedtime Reading to the RIF Read for Change Challenge
The National Day of Service is coming up on September 11th. There's still enough time for you to log the hours you read to your child, bringing the Reading Is Fundamental Read for Change challenge to 3 million hours. The campaign is meant to raise awareness about the importance of early literacy on our country's long-term economic health. What exactly is this economic connection? From the National Children's Reading Foundation:
More information on the economics of early childhood literacy can be found here.
That makes reading to your kids sound like serious business, which is only half right. As Poets.org from the Academy of American Poets explains it, reading to your kids is "serious play," or so says Robert Frost.
Aren't parents always searching for ways to connect to kids that don't involve consumption, video games, or other gadgets? I still remember stories from my childhood as lessons in magic and the power of imagination, long before the advent of Harry Potter and other magical fantasy stories. Reading with children operates on the same formative level as the gentle or harsh words that shape young personalities. As Poets.org has it:
Here's an excerpt from that environmentalist named the Lorax, one of Dr. Seuss's most beloved characters. I found a long selection on the Unahi Mindanao website belonging to a tribe in the Phillipines...they're trying to save the last virgin rainforest in their country. Dr. Seuss, that master of silliness, turns out to be useful for a serious conservation effort. Serious play, indeed. Enjoy.
And, under the trees, I saw Brown Bar-ba-loots
frisking about in their Bar-ba-loot suits
as they played in the shade and ate Truffula Fruits.
From the rippulous pond
came the comfortable sound
of the Humming-Fish humming
while splashing around.
But those TREES!
THOSE TRUFFULA TREES!
All my life I've been searching
for trees such as these.
The touch of their tufts was much softer than silk
And they had the sweet smell Of fresh butterfly milk.