By Sen. Joe Hune
22nd Senate District
Every March young children and elementary school students across Michigan and the country celebrate the importance of reading during “March is Reading Month.”
Even in our fast-paced digital world, the old-fashioned and time-honored tradition of reading remains one of the best ways to prepare our children for academic success.
While it is crucial that our children learn how to use the latest technology, reading is still the foundation for success in school and in life. Children who are good readers get off to a good start in other subjects as well. On the other hand, students who cannot read well are more likely to struggle in school.
Parents and grandparents can help children improve their reading skills by encouraging the reading habit at every age. Educators suggest these family-friendly reading tips:
· Read to your young child every day;
· Give your child a “book allowance” for chores;
· Help your child get a library card;
· Create a special reading nook at home, a quiet place free of electronic distractions;
· Give a book as a gift for birthdays and special occasions; and
· READ! Let your child see how much you value reading.
In honor of March is Reading Month, bookmarks are available to schools and families who contact my Lansing office toll free at 1-855-JOE-Hune (1-855-563-4863).
Please, read to the children in your life this month and throughout the rest of the year. While it’s great we have March is Reading Month to remind us about the importance of reading, it’s something we should do all year long.
Sen. Joe Hune is chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee. He represents the 22nd state Senate District, which includes Livingston and Shiawassee counties, and the southern part of Ingham County. The Ingham County portion includes Bunkerhill, Leslie, Stockbridge and Vevay townships, and the cities of Leslie and Mason.