Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

One of the things I love most about in-home preschooling is that I can change my mind at a moment's notice.  Take this morning, for instance.  We were all prepared for our "normal" learning time.  I had told the kids they had 5 more minutes to play and then we'd get started.  Our supplies were on the table and ready.

And then I remembered that today is March 2nd.  Dr. Seuss's birthday.

You can't very well skip over such an important "holiday!"  Thankfully, though, as I said, it's an in-home preschool.  That means I have the time and energy and means to change my mind at the last minute!  Five more minutes turned into about 25 as I did a quick online search for some last-minute Dr. Seuss ideas.  Horton Hears a Who, several worksheets of various varieties, and leftover birthday cake in hand, we got started with our day!

We watched Horton first, and then moved to the table for our learning time!   Of course, I'd found an array of Horton-based work for us to do!  We did a Horton dot-to-dot.  The kids all did great!  (Of course, they are all at very different ability levels, but they all did a fantastic job considering!)

 He got ALMOST all the numbers, in their correct order!

 That does NOT look like 3 year old coloring to me!  Wow!

Next we colored elephant ears.  (Had I been thinking ahead, we'd have made edible elephant ears!  What a delicious treat that would have been!)  I did the cutting this time.  I don't know where the stapler's run off to, so I used the hot glue gun for today's ears.  I think it worked even better!

 Aw, come on, guys!  Everyone look at the camera and smile!

 No, seriously!  I want a good picture!

 Oh well.  It was worth a try! 

You can't have a birthday party without cake, can you?  Fortunately we had a TON of cake left over from Stinky's party on Saturday!  I'm pretty sure Dr. Seuss didn't mind the patchwork cake!

The most memorable moment of the day was probably when I was asked the question, "Why are we doing Dr. Seuss's birthday anyway, if he's already dead?"  That question was immediately followed with, "And besides that, when he gets here, how will we know it's him?  Will we all yell surprise?"

We had a great time celebrating Dr. Seuss today!  Thank you, thank you, for all your wonderful books!


Ruthykins said...

what an awesome thing to do! what a great way to celebrate such an important author! dr seuss has always been one of my favorites.

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