March is full of mayhem and madness, but did you (the royal you, not YOU personally) know that it is also a time of reading? I mean, besides sounding out schools you’ve never heard of on your tournament bracket. It happens.
March is National Reading Month and even though I am late to the game that doesn’t mean we’re at the end of regulation. We gotta read till the buzzer sounds, people!
Okay, I’ll stop.
The Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC) has teamed with LEGO DUPLO and libraries across the nation to feature reading-focused play through the end of March. I know, it’s close, but it’s not over! (See, basketball ramblings above.)
How can you get involved? Call your local library to see when they are hosting an event and go to it. It’s that easy. You can also download the Librarian Toolkit from ReadBuildPlay.com which helps you host your own reading and play event at home (or wherever you want, after all this is America or someplace else with Internet).
You can also build with LEGO Read & Build sets with DUPLO bricks (Let’s Go! Vroom!; Grow Caterpillar Grow!; Busy Farm). Each set includes an original story that doubles as building instructions so kids can build the characters from the story in real time as the story is read. Interactive!
Basically, the kids can read (or listen to) a story about the very thing(s) they are creating—and the crowd goes wild! Cool, right?
Please note, the LEGO DUPLO Read & Build sets and the ideas featured in the Librarian Toolkit don’t turn into pumpkins on April 1 (Cinderella story?), so even when the calendar flips to April and whatever month is after that you can still use the sets and ideas to Read! Build! Play!
And that’s not all! Do you like the official studies? The ALSC has them, and they suggest that introducing play to story time helps develop and reinforce early literacy development, which is nice. Possible side effects include improvement of a child’s self-esteem, listening skills, and encouragement of imagination and creativity, so use liberally and often.
This isn’t a sponsored post, and I didn’t receive anything for review—I’m writing this because I strongly believe in the benefits of early literacy development and a healthy imagination (I didn’t even need the official studies for that).
March is full of mayhem, madness, reading, building, and playing. Basketball tournaments are just a bonus.
Read more from Whit Honea at his site Honea Express and the popular group blog DadCentric. You can follow Whit on the Twitter or Pinterest (his opinions are his own and do not reflect those of Babble or most rational people).