You know his words.
You know them well.
He probably helped you read and spell.
And this week, students across the nation will immerse themselves in the works of this famous writer as they mark Dr. Seuss’ birthday and Read Across America, a nationwide reading celebration that takes place on March 2 of each year.
Locally, schools are celebrating over the next two weeks by organizing special activities, inviting parents to come to their children’s classrooms to read and displaying special decorations that encourage reading.
It’s all part of an effort to help children develop a lifelong love of reading, and it’s one that Theodor Seuss Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss, perhaps did better than anyone through his popular children’s books like “The Cat in the Hat” and “Green Eggs and Ham.”
Phrases like “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose!” from “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” and “We’ve got to make noises in greater amounts! So open your mouth, lad! For every voice counts!” from “Horton Hears a Who!” are catchy. Even better, they’re easy for children to understand and remember.
And that’s the whole point of Read Across America. One simple act of reading aloud to a child can quickly evolve into a weekly activity, and from there, a constant request from children for more stories and more books.
The benefits, as research has long suggested, are virtually countless.
Education leaders around the globe point to statistics that say children who come to school with a large vocabulary do better than the children who come to school with little familiarity with words and a low vocabulary.
There are neurological benefits as well as psychological and social ones, too. Young children who are read to are likely to have enhanced concentration and discipline. They will have better communication skills. They’ll be able to grasp abstract concepts, apply logic in various scenarios, and recognize cause and effect.
The fact that these benefits are possible thanks to such a simple activity seems almost impossible. Yet parents and teachers know that instilling a love for words and reading will open up a world of possibilities for their children as they embark upon their scholastic careers.
Academic careers based on a foundation of reading are destined for success. Why? Because as Dr. Seuss himself wrote, “And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)”
You know his words.
‘Pothole blitz’ badly needed service coming in West Virginia
Hopefully, the heavy snow and extremely cold weather of January, February and early March are in the past.
Remnants of the harsh winter, though, remain. They’re faced each day by the state’s drivers.
Potholes have West Virginia’s roads in their worst condition in years, and the damaging freeze-thaw cycle is not over.
‘The issues are complicated’ with e-cigarettes
E-cigarettes have been around for about seven years.
But you’d be shocked at how long the idea for the the tobacco-less product has been around.
“A primitive, battery-operated ‘smokeless non-tobacco cigarette’ was patented as early as 1963 and described in Popular Mechanics in 1965,” Megan McArdle wrote for Business Week last monty.
Coal industry can’t afford to give this administration and EPA more ammunition
Coal already has a bad name in Washington, D.C.
The whole industry got another black eye this week when Alpha Natural Resources Inc., one of the country’s largest coal producers, agreed to pay a $27.5 million fine and invest $200 million to reduce illegal water pollution in five states, including West Virginia.
Being observant, reporting suspicions can make difference for hurting children
If a child is hurting, we wouldn’t hesitate to help.
Or would we?
In a five-year span, 22,830 children were victims of some type of neglect or abuse in West Virginia. That’s an overwhelming number to think about.
Gee makes major impact and earns another term as WVU president
Let’s imagine that a graduate from West Virginia University in the early 1980s, when E. Gordon Gee was president, came back to get an extra degree now and couldn’t believe that E. Gordon Gee is “still” the president of WVU.
Effort to encourage purchase of goods produced in U.S. deserves support
The concept of encouraging the purchase of American-made products is certainly not new.
On the federal level, the Buy American Act was passed in 1933 by Congress and signed by President Herbert Hoover. It required the United States government to prefer U.S.-made products in its purchases.
‘Stop Meth, Not Meds’ backed by readers
In West Virginia, there is something referred to as “stop-sale technology” that prevents a person from going to more than one pharmacy to purchase over-the-counter medication that contains the active ingredient pseudoephedrine, a nasal decongestant.
It’s not an issue of stuffy noses that lawmakers were worried about when they created the system.
Even small steps play part in critical mission to reduce childhood obesity
Just two years ago, more than one-third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese, meaning they had excess body weight based on their height.
It’s a troubling statistic, and one that health officials have worked diligently to reverse.
Cutting-edge heart procedure at Mon General is saving lives
“I used to think I wouldn’t live to be 50. Well, I made it to 50 and then some,” Pearl Walls said.
Walls is likely alive today and able to tell her story to the Times West Virginian because of a cutting-edge procedure performed at Monongalia General Hospital — a Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR), which was only approved for use by the FDA in 2011.
Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ many works, magic words
You know his words.
You know them well.
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