Friday, March 11, 2011
Fun News from Stanley and Tyke
Happy March! This is a fun month for readers! In addition to Read Across America Day (March 2nd), this month also hosts a plethora of author birthdays as well as my favorite reading day of the year, March 9th! Tyke and I enjoy reading and learning. What could be better than reading to learn about your favorite author? I’ve created a list of author birthdays for the month of March. This is not an inclusive list, but one in which each of the authors is well known and may have many available books. I’ve included two titles for each and the author’s website, if available.
March 2nd- Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss) author of Green Eggs and Ham and The Cat in the Hat
March 3rd-Patricia MacLachlan author of Sarah, Plain and Tall and All The Places to Love
March 5th-Mem Fox author of Koala Lou and Possum Magic
March 11th-Wanda Gag author of Millions of Cats and The Funny Thing
March 12th-Virginia Hamilton author of Jaguarundi and M.C. Higgins, the Great
March 20th-Lois Lowry author of Gooney Bird Greene and The Giver
March 28th-Byrd Baylor author of Everybody Needs a Rock and When Clay Sings
March 9th is the official World Read Aloud Day! It’s the day to acknowledge and support the act of reading aloud to your child, student, friend or sibling. Reading aloud supports early literacy as well as learning the power and purpose of words. Take time to read aloud to someone you care about. Ask someone to read to you. Tyke will be reading to me. I’ll be reading to him. We will be reading and reading and reading. I hope you will be too!
Reading is a complicated endeavor. We are asking children to decipher letters into sounds, sounds into words, words into sentences and to make meaning of those sentences. It’s quite a complex task. Reading aloud to your child allows them to hear an expert. They hear the emphasis placed on certain punctuation and the speed of which you read. You are their first teacher. Ask your child to read aloud to you. This aids the growth of their reading fluency. Reading fluency can be defined as the accuracy and speed in which someone reads a passage of text. Reading fluency and comprehension are not the same skills. They are both needed skills. Take the time to discuss what you (and they) are reading, but also work to improve their reading fluency by having them read aloud from a treasured text.
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