The Summer Slide occurs every year, all the time after school is over. Much like a typical slide, your children encounter at a playground, sliding during the summer break brings learning loss. Often, the Summer Slide progresses during the middle of the summer break. As soon as children spend time outdoors, at summer camps, or even travel during family vacations, coming back to reality is sometimes dreadful.
However, there is no wondrous remedy. On the other hand, countless experts and teachers encourage, if not, plead you to get your child to read over the summer. How do you motivate your child to read over the summer?
What is the Summer Slide Reading?
The Summer Slide is a traditional term when students are out of school for the summer but forget to continue learning or reading. Countless research showed that summer reading affects mostly low-income students. Regardless of socioeconomic status, children that don’t continue reading over the summer disengage in learning.
Reading Spanish books together is a great way to introduce new literature stories to children. Some are full of beautiful illustrations and stories, while some present wonderful Hispanic culture. Even some classic stories are translated into Spanish.
The author and artist Eric Carle shows us that art and literature is a great match. It is even more interesting to read his stories to young children. These Spanish translated stories are wonderful to read to children ages 5 and up. Nothing is more fun than to share these picture books with your children.
In celebration of Dr. Seuss birthday, many educators step back a little bit to pay homage to one of the greatest children authors in history. Parents and educators agree that reading is perhaps one of the life skills children need. In a weeklong celebration, many prepare by reading different Dr. Seuss’ books or doing some creative crafts. But let’s consider what this amazing author contributed to children literature.
In 1904, Mr. Theodor Seuss Geisel was born on March 2 in Springfield, MA. By the 1920s, he began to publish humorous cartoons under the names Seuss, L. Pasteur, D. G. Rosetti ’25, T. Seuss, and Theo LeSieg. But by 1928, the name Dr. Seuss was officially appearing on his many books. In 1937, he published his first children’s book called “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street”. With World War II escalating in 1941, Dr. Seuss began to draw political cartoons. Then, by 1947, he published “McElligot’s Pool”, winner of the Caldecott Honor.
Timeline of Published Works
Later, he started to publish more children’s books:
1954 – Horton Hears a Who!
1957 – Cat in the Hat and How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
1958 – Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories
1960 – Green Eggs and Ham and One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish
1961 – The Sneetches and Other Stories
1963 – Dr. Seuss’s ABC and Hop on Pop
1971 – The Lorax
1974 – There’s a Wocket in My Pocket!
1984 – The Butter Battle Book
1990 – Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
These are some of the amazing examples of Dr. Seuss books for children. Each story represents a specific time in our world of drastic political change or history. Although he published countless books for kids and political cartoons, he established a renowned foundation for children education.
Parents and educators read these wonderful books to their children not to just learn about words and rhyming. But children also learned about how our world has shaped. And what we can do as people that inhabit this Earth. Dr. Seuss teaches us to tell our children about the injustices that occurred in our world and the importance to take care of the environment.
In memory and honor of his literary and artwork, many museums and art galleries celebrate his birthday in a special way:
The Springfield Museum located in Springfield, Massachusetts celebrates Dr. Seuss’ birthday with children’s stories, diverse activities, and a cake contest.
The UC San Diego has a special exhibition celebrating “Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!” It’s open until March 18th, 2013.
The Art of Dr. Seuss also has his original collections of art, sketches, and drawing.
Dr. Seuss’ political cartoons were not as popular as his children’s books. The PBS Independent Lens tells the political views of Dr. Seuss in a clear and unbiased perspective.
Dr. Seuss or Mr. Geisel, a spokesperson for injustices, a political cartoonist, and a witty children’s author, left behind the legacy of hope and renewal for humanity. He passed away on September 24, 1991 in La Jolla, California.