Read Across America Day Celebrated at Elementary

And To Think, They Read it on Maple Avenue
Posted on 03/10/2017

You’re never to old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.

That’s a piece of advice from Theodor Seuss Geisel, who, as Dr. Seuss, wrote more than 50 titles and inspired dozens more. And his wise recommendation was thoroughly embraced by the scores of grown-ups who visited Ellenville Elementary School on March 3 to read aloud to the young students.

Parents, administrators, adults from the surrounding community, and big kids from Ellenville High School were among those who volunteered to read Dr. Seuss books in honor of Read Across America Day, which is also Dr. Seuss’ birthday. (Well, his birthday is actually March 2, but Ellenville celebrated belatedly. And this year he would have turned 113. How did it get so late so soon? Dr. Seuss may have asked.)

Meanwhile, stories like “Green Eggs and Ham” and “Horton Hears a Who” were just the start of the fun, and teachers built activities and lessons around Dr. Seuss and his vast anthology. And although it looked like the students were simply having a good time  – stringing red and white beads to make Cat in the Hat necklaces; assembling Seuss puzzles, searching for Seuss-like words in word search puzzles, and coloring – they were actually reinforcing crucial skills.

“Stringing the red and white beads is an A-B pattern,” said Teacher Pam Kuhlman, “They’re following directions on a color page, a puzzle requires fine motor skills and reasoning.” Turns out, grown-ups can be almost as sneaky as the Grinch when it comes to lessons.

 “It a fun day for the students,” Ms. Kuhlman said, “They’re working and they don’t even know it.”

A high school students selects a Dr. Seuss book to read to young pupils
Elementary student work on Seuss-themmed projectsTeachers dresses as Thing One and Thing Two