Dr. Seuss week is so fun, not just because Seuss’ works are fun in and of themselves, but we get to spend the whole week reading loads of books. Plus, if you are lucky enough to live in a place with awesome libraries, you might be able to go to a fun library birthday celebration like we do! Definitely a silly, fun week that can also be challenging and rewarding in many ways.
Our huge, huge win of the week was Aria reading me Green Eggs and Ham. This is the first time I really had her sit down and read things that aren’t considered “readers,” and she blew me away with how well she did and how little help she needed. Definitely owed to a mix of her determination to succeed and the help of our Sing, Spell, Read, and Write curriculum. I’d like to try and see if I can get her to read Cat in the Hat or One Fish, Two Fish by the end of the year, but we will have to just wait and see!
The girls just loved this week. We did loads of science activities and hands on stuff, crafts, and literature/ math items. The best thing we own Dr. Seuss themed (other than the books of course), is the Cat in the Hat game I recommend in my lesson plans. Not only is it a great way to get kids moving, but it is also a good way to practice reading sight words (even if some are very silly). The Lorax had the best crafts, Green Eggs and Ham had the best hands on activities, and The Cat in the Hat had the best stuff to get you moving.
I highly suggest making celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday a yearly tradition and taking advantage of all of the stuff that goes on in your community during this time. Any unit that gets your kids excited about reading is a great unit in my mind! Plus, his books are too much fun for even the most reluctant reader not to enjoy. Hope you have fun celebrating!
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Jessica and Ana
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