Every year in March, children across America celebrate the birthday of an iconic children’s book, The Cat in the Hat, and its author, Dr. Seuss. As a preschool teacher, Dr. Seuss has become a beloved author to me, and his stories have a way of reaching children in a unique way…even for children half-way around the world!
I recently came across a few Dr. Seuss books in our preschool classroom at Maria’s Big House of Hope. It seemed nearly wasteful for them not to be read, so I started researching some fun projects we could do to incorporate some of his stories into our class time and also cross the language barrier (non-sense rhyming words don’t translate quite so well!). Come to find out, Dr. Seuss is great in any language, and kids love it!
We read Green Eggs and Ham in the older class. Although they were a bit confused the first day, by the second day of reading they caught on to the fact that he did not want green eggs and ham. Each time I’d turn the page, they’d call out “ta bu yao!” (he doesn’t want!). By the end of the story, they agreed that he in fact did like the green eggs and ham and that trying new things is good. So, we gave it a shot and tried green eggs and ham… it was a hit all around! Judah especially loved the ham!
With the younger class, we enjoyed several readings of Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? I am sure I was quite the spectacle the first day as I made all sorts of ridiculous sounds, but Weston was gracious enough to join in. By the second day, we were all mooing, crowing, slurping, and stomping. Maria Claire was still a bit hesitant and wouldn’t make the noises, but she had a huge smile on her face the entire time. Hope smiled as she listened to all of the crazy sounds coming from her classmates. We later used this to explore more noises with musical instruments…they made quite a band!
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