By Terri Hardeman
Special to The PREVIEW
A favorite family event at Seeds of Learning Early Care and Education Center is the birthday celebration of Dr. Seuss.
Theodor “Ted” Seuss Geisel was born in 1904 and wrote under the pen name Dr. Seuss throughout the 20th century. Dr. Seuss is the ninth best-selling fiction author of all time. His work includes many familiar titles: “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish,” “The Cat in the Hat,” “Green Eggs and Ham,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and “Horton Hears a Who.”
Children in the age group served by Seeds of Learning are traditionally great fans of Dr. Seuss’ work. For the past week, the teachers at Seeds have helped to celebrate the author’s birthday by reading books by Dr. Seuss. At last Thursday’s event, children and their families engaged in activities highlighting Dr. Seuss’ characters in his famous books. They played the Lorax bean bag toss in the Bumblebee classroom and made Thing 1 and Thing 2 stick characters in the Dragonfly classroom.
In the Ladybug classroom, children played “Pin the Hat on the Cat.” They also had a Thing 1 and Thing 2 sack race. In the Butterfly classroom, everyone had fun playing Dr. Seuss bingo. Before leaving the party, children had their faces painted in the theme of the day.
Miss Robyn, teacher in the Bumblebee class, reported that the week was “full of creativity and reading. The preschoolers really learned about rhyming!”
Dr. Seuss’ birthday, March 2, has been adopted as the annual date for Read Across America Day. Sponsored by the National Education Association, Read Across America is a reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading. It is a reminder to parents of the importance of reading to and with their children.
Seeds of Learning is a nonprofit, NAEYC-accredited early care and preschool education center serving children aged 2 1/2 through 5 in Pagosa Springs. If you are interested in learning more about the center or how you can contribute to the success of its young children, please call 264-5513 for more information and a tour of the center.
By Terri Hardeman