Dr. Theodor Seuss Geisel once said, "The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you will go." This was truly the experience Early Learning Center (ELC) students received during the nationwide ‘Read Across America' celebration of the famous birthday of Dr. Seuss. Traditional and popular Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham echoed from classrooms while children and staff donned pajamas for a day to further awareness of the crazy escapades of the famous author.
Jessica Udovich, Library Educational Assistant, read children The Foot Book while also infusing math skills as children counted all the feet of those listening to the story. Stickers and bookmarks were given out and when children ‘moved' downstairs to their gym class, they were greeted by Kris Fritz who was wearing the same Cat in the Hat hat, many of them were also wearing, having made them as an art project.
Hats were quickly placed on a table and Fritz provided opportunities for children to move their 'feet' from The Foot Book. They began the day's activities with 'running feet' and then moved at stations placing words into actions by moving: over, under, around, in/out, up/down, sliding, balancing and walking ‘on' large foam feet. Linking reading and physical activity was not only fun but it provided a solution in part to two of our nation's major problems - inability to read and lack of physical activity.