We celebrated the birthday of Dr. Seuss by reading many of his books today. The rhyming is fun, and critical to children’s language and literacy development. Dr. Seuss knew how to make learning fun!
Then, things took a turn. A wonderful turn. Children wanted to draw a picture for Dr. Seuss and write him a letter. They took it upon themselves to tackle this project. No teachers intervened or helped. My wonderful co-teacher Heidi, the wise one, knew to let the children embark on their mission. She was there to write their words. She helped them find Dr. Seuss’s address, and addressed the envelope. Giving children freedom, encouragement, and positive reinforcement makes a world of difference. Dr. Seuss died over 30 years ago, but for children who love his books, that doesn’t matter at all.
Enclosed is a picture made by Michelle and Hazel (age 4) from Groton Community School in Groton Massachusetts. They were excited to celebrate your birthday in school and wanted to give you a gift of a drawing. Once they completed it, they just had to send it to you! We used the iPad to to find your museum and address. We hope to hear back from your museum soon. Below are their words:
“Dear Dr. Seuss, we made a picture of a gumball machine. We love you! How old are you? What number are you going to turn? We wrote ‘Hazel’ and ‘Shelly’. We’d thought you’d like a dinosaur!”
Hazel and Michelle (Shelly)
& Heidi (Teacher)
Aqua Classroom at Groton Community School
We especially enjoyed connecting a huge Dr. Seuss puzzle today. Look at how many of his books are represented in the alphabet.
I am a poor reader. Learning how to read was not easy for me. The books that schools used to teach reading were the “Dick and Jane” books. They had simple stories about family and home and pets, but learning how to read those words was not easy. Along came Dr. Seuss. His method of learning how to read was based on rhyming and repetition. Making those stories fun kept the child who was learning to read engaged. Unfortunately most schools thought his books were just silly. Yet, there were some schools who adopted his books instead of the Dick and Jane books. Vermont did. I’m sure those children flourished. I dearly wish my learning how to read books had been Dr. Seuss. He was right! It’s a no brainer today – Dr. Seuss books are the books of choice.