Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Happy Belated Birthday, Dr. Seuss

I am behind this year in wishing Dr. Seuss a happy birthday.  By the time I realized it was coming up, I was already involved in the 3-week series about identifying, reporting and preventing child abuse.  So, I now wish him a belated happy birthday.  (He would have been 110 years old on March 2.)

So, why do I think Dr. Seuss is so important that he needs to be remembered every year?  Actually, I think he’s important enough that he should be remembered much more frequently than that.  Dr. Seuss taught us two very important things about reading.  1) The basics are very, very important, and 2) reading should be a blast. 

The basics:
  • knowing the letters of the alphabet and the sounds they make—Dr. Seuss’s ABC
  • identifying beginning or ending sounds--Hooray for Diffendoofer Day!
  • manipulating sounds through rhyming—Hop on Pop
Reading should be a blast:
  • any Dr. Seuss book!  (rhythm, rhyme, repetition, goofy words, life lessons…what’s not to like?)
Happy reading!!

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