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D.E.A.R. Day

image in article D.E.A.R. DayD.E.A.R. Day, also known as Drop Everything and Read Day, is an annual celebration that takes place on April 12, the birthday of author Beverly Cleary. This is an excellent opportunity to encourage reading with all the children in your classroom.

Early reading is IMPORTANT because:

  • Supports cognitive development.
  • Improves language skills.
  • Prepares for academic success.
  • Improves imagination and creativity.
  • Cultivates a lifelong love of reading.

Reading with children is one of the best ways to support language and literacy skills. No matter what age the child is, continuing to read to them and with them will help to instill a love of reading. Children discover the components of a book and other works of literature through this process. This is also an opportunity to have children read aloud to work on their speaking and communication skills. 

Reading aloud together can help build vocabulary, and improve reading skills. Encourage discussion about characters and share your reactions to books to help reinforce the connection between what you read and everyday life.

Be sure to offer a wide variety of books and other reading materials to interest all children.

Read a story and point and name various vocabulary items in the book

Read a story and talk about how people or animals are feeling in the book. (Happy, Mad, Excited, Sad) and why.




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