“How does one become a butterfly?” she asked. “You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.”
I recently thought about this quote. I was preparing for the Bass Museum’s “Arts and Literacy” final class for the school year. We will be read “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle. I really love this book.
This week’s theme is “Discover New Things.” For seven weeks, we have discussed the importance of reading and the arts. I will encourage families to continue what they have started and to learn new things during the summer.
The arts and literacy are a powerful combo. Reading a book 20 minutes a day exposes children to 1,000 words in a school year. “The amount of time that children read and are read to predicts whether they will be successful,” according to learninginfinity.com.
The arts help to develop motor skills, language, inventiveness, decision making, improve academic performance, etc. Children who participate regularly in the arts “are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, to participate in a math and science fair or to win an award for writing an essay or poem than children who do not participate,” states pbs.org
The President is also promoting the value of reading while honoring educators this week.