Today my son, *C*, jumped on the bus in his PJs. He is heading to school to enjoy a delicious breakfast of Green Eggs and Ham. Dr Seuss week is wrapping up. I just love when education is fun. And Dr Seuss sure is a whole lot of fun.
*C*, my energetic, imaginative, prince. He is my second-born and wants SO much to be like his big-brother *E*, two-years older. He gets frustrated when he can’t do what his 2nd grade brother does. And sometimes this brings him down.
*E* is a top-notch reader. 2nd grade and reading at the 5th grade level according to quarterly computer-tests. Teacher conferences are a breeze with *E*. He’s a star-student.
When looking for the positive at *C*’s teacher-conferences the teacher points out what a good-friend he is; academics at this point, not his strong suit. Three months ago *C* couldn’t sound out a word. He would get frustrated. He would get upset. He would shut-down. I struggled as a mom, of course I want him to succeed, and succeed with gusto. 5 years old is too young to feel defeated!
So celebrate with me! Celebrate with us! Then let’s all wish Dr Seuss a VERY Happy Birthday!
I promise to read each day and each night.
I know it’s the key to growing up right.
I’ll read to myself, I’ll read to a crowd.
It makes no difference if silent or loud.
I’ll read at my desk, at home and at school…
on my bean bag or bed, by the fire or pool.
Each book that I read puts smarts in my head
’cause brains grow more thoughts the more they are fed.
Come rain or come shine, snow, wind or sleet,
each day of the week reading’s a treat.
So I take this pledge to make reading my way
of feeding my brain what it needs every day.
— Debra Angstead