Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

wpid-20150302_104239-1.jpgWe celebrated Dr. Seuss’s birthday on March 2 in the O.K. Corral.  Kids were invited to wear their pajamas and bring a blanket, pillow, and a favorite stuffed animal, along with their favorite books, Dr. Seuss or otherwise.  We spent the day enjoying some of Dr. Seuss’s best-loved books starting with The Cat in the Hat, of course. The kids made Cat in the Hat hats to wear for the day.

wpid-20150302_104149-1.jpgWe followed that up with Green Eggs and Ham and the Sleep Book.  Rather than reading The Lorax, I found the original cartoon on YouTube and showed it to the kids.  I think they received the environmental message.  “That’s sad,” was the comment when the brown barbaloots and the swomee swans had to leave.

Between read alouds, we spread out our blankets and pillows all around the room, buddying up for some quiet reading time.  I suppose it was not really a Pinterest-worthy celebration.  But anytime you share great literature with kids, it’s a good day.

Progressive Children’s Programming (Or Not)

“Mrs. R.? Have you seen Sweeney Todd?”

This today from a precocious six-year-old in my class. Seriously? Sweeney Todd?

It’s not uncommon for kids in my school to watch horror movies at home. They can tell you all about Freddie and Jason. But this is a new one on me.

My response? “If you like Sweeney Todd, you’ll love Les Miserables.”

That’s right. Keeping it literate up in here.