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READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY

March 2, 2017

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One book, two books.

Old books, new books.

 

Some are short and funny, too.

Some are long like a size twelve shoe.

 

Magic happens in a book.

Turn the page and take a look.

read

 

Books can fly you to the moon

Just by riding on a spoon.

 

Happy, sad, or full of flair

Books can take you anywhere.

So …

Grab a book and grab a friend.

Read a book until the end.

 

It’s Read Across America Day!

Do you know what Dr. Seuss would say?

 

“The more that you read, the more things you will know.

The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

hats-off

 

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Buster Keaton Eyes

June 13, 2013

You may have heard the song “Bette Davis Eyes” sung by Kim Carnes.  It would be nice to have Bette Davis eyes, but I have I Buster Keaton eyes – and that’s nothing to sing about. Buster Keaton was a vaudeville performer, screen star, and director. In all, he was an extremely talented man. His eyes and facial expressions had much to do with his fame.

Eyes can be beautiful and expressive. I’ve always liked my hazel eyes, but the other day I noticed a little baggage accumulating there. Take a look at Keaton’s eyes in his later years. Not to be impolite, but bags under my eyes are beginning to look very similar to his. Unlike Keaton, my eyes and facial expressions have nothing to do with any fame. It’s time to get out the cold compresses, cucumbers, tea bags, and creams and trash those bags. Or maybe it’s time for an eye lift. Now that would be a real eye-opener!

Here are some eyes that will have you seeing funny!

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The Eye Book is written by Theo.LeSieg (Dr. Seuss) and illustrated by Joe Mathieu. The simple text includes humor and rhyme which encourages young children to read along. Mathieu’s illustrations are colorful and add to the fun of the book. Open your eyes and see what you can see!

You might also look at these books by Dr. Seuss:

The Foot Book

The Tooth Book

GOTTA KEEP READING

March 7, 2013

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Last week our school planned several events to celebrate Read Across America. There was the Dr. Seuss Trivia Contest, Dr. Seuss book readings, Dr. Seuss activities, a guest appearance by Truly Remarkable Loon, and an all school read-in on Friday morning with a surprise ending prepared by the teachers.

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Bulletin boards, posters, images of the Cat in the Hat, and the red fish and blue fish were lurking around the school.

On Wednesday, I was up at 4:30 AM – bleary-eyed – so I could be at school to let our guest speaker in to set up for his program. And then the phone rang. Alas, snow and slippery roads delayed school for two hours and, in turn, canceled our speaker. Oh, pshaw!

On Friday, the tech teacher and I were in the gym, getting ready for the all school read-in and teacher surprise. Note:  Our school is old. Things don’t always work like they’re supposed to work. Yes, we had a few technical difficulties. The minutes ticked away as we rushed to get everything up and running for the 8:15 read-in.

I gave my welcome speech, using the microphone. I found out afterward it was not working. Yes, I’m a dork. Someone could have said something, but there was no time to despair. We had the entire student body contained in one place. It was time to begin the read-in. And then … silence! Every single child had a book in hand. It was a reading miracle!

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Before we knew it, it was time for the teachers’ pièce de résistance. A YouTube music video appeared on the big screen, the speakers were turned up, and the teachers slowly danced and sang their way around the students and up to the stage. Expressions were priceless as we performed our unique version of “Gotta Keep Reading.  

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Despite some glitches during the week, the Read Across American Celebration was a hit – especially the teacher surprise! The kids were up and dancing with us. As one Pre-K student said, “That was the best time ever!”

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That’s what reading can do for you!

Read Across America Day!

March 2, 2012

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

It’s time to pick those books up and read, read, read!

My Dogs Are Barking

February 28, 2012

Ow! Ow! Ow! My feet hurt. Shoes are out! No Jimmy Choo shoes. No five-inch heels. Maybe some designer orthopedic shoes. Or how about some advice from Dr. Seuss and The Foot Book? How about some duck feet? Now there’s an idea.

It all began when I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew. On my way I saw a Fox in Socks, The Cat in the Hat, and The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins. And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street! Now you know why my feet hurt. I had to Hop on Pop to get home.

 

Dr. Seuss had a truckload of fantastical ideas. Oh, the Things You Can Think! and Oh, the Places You’ll Go when you read one of his books. And you’ll meet an array of zany characters – Brown Bar-ba-loots, Zizzy Zozzfozzel, Foo-Foo the Snoo, the Fuddnuddler Brothers, and the Nizzards – just to name a few.  

Friday, March second, is Dr. Seuss’s birthday and Read Across America Day! It’s a good day to visit Seussville for some reading fun.

Now it’s time to rest my tootsies and read Dr. Seuss’s Sleep Book. Ahhhhh…

Read Across America!

March 1, 2011

Wednesday, March 2, is Dr. Seuss’s birthday, and it’s the National Education Association’s Read Across America Day! It’s a day to celebrate rollicking rhymes, wacky characters, and a reading revolution created by a man who knew how to entice and entertain young readers with a limited amount of words and a tremendous imagination.

When it came to writing, this is what Dr. Seuss had to say:  “Writing simply means no dependent clauses, no dangling things, no flashbacks, and keeping the subject near the predicate. We throw in as many fresh words we can get away with. Simple, short sentences don’t always work. You have to do tricks with pacing, alternate long sentences with short, to keep it vital and alive…. Virtually every page is a cliffhanger–you’ve got to force them to turn it.”

So…

On this Wednesday,

pick up a book.

Turn the pages.

Have a good look.

Read it alone.

Read to others.

Read to sisters.

Read to brothers.

Read it wacky

like Dr. Seuss.

Read it! Read it!

To Mother Goose.

But don’t forget,

read every day. 

Dr. Seuss would

like it that way!

While you’re at it, try one of these activities to celebrate Read Across America Day.

Dress up as favorite story character.

Do a Reader’s Theater from a Dr. Seuss book.

Do a choral reading.

Invite parents to school to read or be read to by students.

Invite a local celebrity to read to students.

Choose a favorite author and do a biographical report.

Choose a favorite book and do an oral report.

Create a bookmark.

Make an advertisement for your favorite book.

Do an acrostic poem with the words, I LOVE READING or READING ROCKS.

Play charades, using famous children’s book titles.

Match authors with book titles.

Have a book exchange.

Collect “gently used” books to be given to a charity.

Create a class poem, using Dr. Seuss characters. And…

Don’t forget to wish Dr. Seuss Happy Birthday, and thank him for his creative genius!

Dr. Seuss quotes for readers and writers: 

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

“Be awesome! Be a book nut.”

“Think and wonder, wonder and think.”

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living. It’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope, which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.”

 “So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads.”

Also check out:  Seussville


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