With school children learning at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, Councilmember Rita Lamb reads Dr. Seuss’ “Hooray for Diffendoofer Day” written by Jack Prelutsky and Lane Smith. Councilmember Lamb previously served as a teacher and principal and understands the importance of reading to children as it builds their vocabulary. Children who are read to develop language and thinking skills. In fact, according to Early Childhood Alliance, the development of a child’s vocabulary is “one of the best predictors for how your child will do with reading comprehension. Reading encourages a child’s imagination and empathy, as it allows them to put themselves into the characters’ position. Reading also brings families together.”
It is often said, up to grade 3, a child learns to read. After grade 3, a child reads to learn.
At the next bedtime, naptime, or any time, use this video as a tool for reading to your child. “Hooray for Diffendoofer Day” is a fun story about early age students overcoming their fear of taking aptitude tests and believing in themselves. Enjoy!