Thursday, October 8, 2009

Jumpstart's Read For The Record

We should all know that reading is crucial to the education and development of young minds. Early childhood literacy is an important problem but many people don't realize just how important it really is. According to a new survey conducted by the Pearson Foundation, 73% of Americans wrongly believe that if a child enters kindergarten unprepared, they will catch up in elementary school. Reading to children between the ages of 3-5 has long-term consequences for a child's academic achievement and life-long success.

Jumpstart, a leading nonprofit organization aiming to build language, literacy, social and emotional skills in preschool children, is making sure children around the world are gaining the benefits of storytime with their Read for the Record program. Today, October 8, 2009, teachers, parents and caregivers are fulfilling their pledges to read the 2009 campaign book, Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar, in an effort to break a world record for the largest shared reading experience. Their goal is to have over 1 million readers!

So, if you already own this classic book, be sure to read it to your children today and submit your information to count it toward the record. If you don't own it and would like to, you can purchase a special edition of The Very Hungry Caterpillar from Wal-mart for just $8*! And remember - you can always check it out or read it at your local library!

It's not too late to participate, so please join us as we read for the record!

*Available through October 31, 2009

Disclaimer: I was not compensated in any way for this post.


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