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Read Across America Week

Posted Thursday, March 1, 2012, at 11:30 AM

This week, students across America have been celebrating "Read Across America Week." At Linton-Stockton Elementary, students are tracking the number of minutes they read each night and prizes will be given to the top readers.

My kids have had their noses stuck in books all week -- and I love it! I have always loved reading and am glad they enjoy it as well.

In my son's class, his teacher has given extra incentives to the top readers. Every day, the child who read the most minutes the previous day gets to sit in the teacher's chair. And, at the end of the competition, the top three readers get to throw a pie in her face. How cool would that be? My daughter had the same first-grade teacher and she was one of the top three readers and got to throw a pie in the teacher's face. It's a great memory for her.

Thanks to Mrs. Susan Anderson for encouraging my first grader to read while adding fun incentives. Also, thanks to Mrs. Angie Tennant for continually encouraging my third grader to keep reading.

As a parent, I know how crazy weeknights can be -- homework, dinner, housework, baths, bedtime, etc. But, taking a little extra time to read with your child is so beneficial. It can also be a lot of fun. Listen to your child read. Read with them. Make reading fun. Good reading skills will always be important.

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