“The more that you read, the more things you will know.
The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss
Our teachers are dedicated to creating literacy-rich environments every day of the year. March is especially festive because it’s National Reading Month and March 2nd is Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Students read books by Dr. Seuss, dress up like their favorite characters, and reenact some of his famous stories.
Below are some activities that you can do with your child at home that celebrate Dr. Seuss and other noteworthy children’s authors.
- While reading Baby Touch and Feel: Animals by Dorling Kindersley and Dawn Sirett, name the animals in the story and imitate the sounds that they make. Help your child turn the pages, letting him move through the book at his own pace.
- Read Baby Faces Peekaboo by DK Publishing with your baby. Lift the flaps within the book to reveal photos of happy babies, tired babies, silly babies and more.
- After reading Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle, ask your child “what/where” questions about the characters.
- Read a book to your child that features an activity that you recently did together, such as visiting a zoo or playing at the park. Afterwards, ask him questions that connect the event in the story to an event in his life. “Did the zoo in the book look the same as the zoo that we recently visited?”
- Take a picture walk through Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss. Without reading the text, allow your child to look at the pictures and tell you what is happening on each page. Then, read the book aloud and discuss the story.
- While reading Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson, ask questions about the main character and key events from the story. Stop partway through the story and ask what he thinks will happen next and why.
- Read Bartholomew and the Oobleck by Dr. Seuss. Afterwards, create your own gooey Oobleck by mixing two cups cornstarch, one cup water, and a few drops of food coloring.
- Ask your child to make up his own short story and tell it aloud. Encourage him to include main characters and setting.