Friday, February 27, 2009

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

" From near to far, from here to there, funny things are everywhere!"
-One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish

Theodor Seuss Geisel was born March 2, 1904.  Under the pen name of Dr. Seuss, Theo. LeSieg and Rosetta Stone, Geisel published over 60 books.  One of the most important things he taught us is that learning to read could be fun.  "The Cat in the Hat" came about in response to how boring books at the early reader level were at that time.
He died September 24, 1991.  If he were alive today, he would be 105.

Looking for free Educational (not mindless) computer games?  Go to where you will find these:

Appropriate for kids who can maneuver a mouse:
The Lorax Sticker Game (finish the pattern game)

For kids 1st grade and up (my guess):
Fox in Socks Matching game (put together the words to describe the picture)

"In 2000 Publisher's Weekly compiled a list of the best selling children's books of all time.  Of the top 100 hardcover books, 16 were written by Geisel." (source: Wikipedia)

Geisel's books were the inspiration for the creation of the Read Across America event that takes place around the time of Dr. Seuss's birthday every year.  Many Target stores participate, so if your local library doesn't have activities, feel free to check out what's going on in your area here.

In the meantime, if you'd like to learn more about Theodore Geisel...

School is out for us tomorrow.  It's funny how you don't have to look hard to find something to celebrate.  We are reading our Dr. Seuss favorites, making Cat in the Hat... hats and eating green eggs and ham for lunch.  Yessss, another reason to eat birthday cake....

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