The Maine Department of Education encourages communities and families to participate in the Read to ME challenge. This challenge promotes awareness of the importance of reading to children 15 minutes every day, builds enthusiasm for reading to children by making it more visible, and increases the number of minutes children are read to during their childhoods.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CHALLENGE
- Read to/with a child or children for at least 15 minutes. Read an engaging book, chapter of a novel, newspaper or magazine article, comics, nursery rhymes or poetry.
- Capture a photograph or short video (15-30 seconds) of yourself reading to/with the child.Use #ReadtoME or #ReadaloudME to post the photo or video on social media with your challenge to others to read aloud 15 minutes to a child or children they know. Recommended social media platforms include: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Youtube. If you live a distance from a child you’d like to read to, use Skype or Facetime to read aloud via digital means.
- If you are unable to complete the challenge within 48 hours, consider donating a book to a school or public library, a food cupboard, a homeless shelter or a little free library near where you live; volunteering your time at a library; and singing to or having a conversation with a child (these methods build language, too).
Check out this website for more information.