Our school, along with thousands of other schools across America has been celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday week by reading many of his famous books. The children love the books and can’t stop listening to the non-sensical way that Dr. Seuss had with words. One activity that my class did during the week was to color a glyph of Dr. Seuss’ cat in the hat. A glyph is a type of reading activity where the child reads a sentence (i.e, if you are a girl, color the tie orange, if you are a boy, color the tie purple, etc.) and then completes a task on the paper depending up the answer to a question. Not sure what a glyph is, here is a sample:
On my glyph it said, if you like Dr. Seuss books, color the Cat in the Hat’s hat red and white, if you do not like Dr. Seuss books, color the hat black and blue. Naturally, I expected all of the hats to be red and white and was a little surprised when one girl colored it black and blue. I called her over to ask her about it, and she said ‘oh, I used to like him when I was little, but now I prefer chapter books!” What? When I was little? This all saddened me very much. This girl is 6 years old, that’s still little for me. So many first graders think that they are older, more grown up and a real reader if they read only chapter books. Keep in mind that these same children may not be able to retell the sequence of the chapter book, may not be able to name the main characters, and may not be able to tell you the main idea of any of the chapters of the book, but to them and their parents, they are ‘reading.’ Parents, please take the time to read some, or all of Dr. Seuss’ books to your child. Here is a complete list of all of his books. Check it out.
They are too good to pass up and you will enjoy reading them as much, if not more than your child. Please don’t have it be your child that enters a first grade classroom and proudly announces that they are too old for Dr. Seuss. Sad, sad, sad!