Read Across America Week: February 29- March 4, 2016
Read Across America/ Dr. Seuss Week Theme Days!
Monday Feb. 29th: Fox in Socks Day: Wear crazy socks to school!
Tuesday, Mar. 1: Sleepy Day: Everyone wear your PJs to school!
Wednesday, Mar.2: Wacky Wednesday: Everyone dress up as a favorite Dr. Seuss Character or in wacky Seuss Style!
Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!
Thursday, Mar. 3: Green Eggs and Ham Day: Everyone wear something green!
Friday, Mar.4 (TWD) Only Tuition Classes In Session: Cat in the Hat Day: Wear a hat to school!
Join us as we celebrate this annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss.
The Purpose of Read Across America
Motivating children to read is an important factor in student achievement and creating lifelong successful readers. Research has shown that children who are motivated and spend more time reading do better in school.
Dr. Seuss’s Biography
Brilliant, playful, and always respectful of children, Dr. Seuss charmed his way into the consciousness of four generations of youngsters and parents. In the process, he helped millions of children learn to read.
Dr. Seuss was born Theodor Seuss Geisel in Springfield, Massachusetts, on March 2, 1904. After graduating from Dartmouth College in 1925, he went to Oxford University, intending to acquire a doctorate in literature. At Oxford, Geisel met Helen Palmer, whom he wed in 1927. Upon his return to America later that year, Geisel published cartoons and humorous articles for Judge, the leading humor magazine in America at the time. His cartoons also appeared in major magazines such as Life, Vanity Fair, and Liberty. Geisel gained national exposure when he won an advertising contract for an insecticide called Flit. He coined the phrase, "Quick, Henry, the Flit!" which became a popular expression. Geisel developed the idea for his first children's book in 1936 while on a vacation cruise. The rhythm of the ship's engine drove the cadence to And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street. During World War II, Geisel joined the Army and was sent to Hollywood where he wrote documentaries for the military. During this time, he also created a cartoon called Gerald McBoing-Boing which won him an Oscar.
The Cat in the Hat Is Born
In May of 1954, Life published a report on illiteracy among schoolchildren, suggesting that children were having trouble reading because their books were boring. This problem inspired Geisel's publisher, prompting him to send Geisel a list of 400 words he felt were important for children to learn. The publisher asked Geisel to cut the list to 250 words and use them to write an entertaining children's book. Nine months later, Geisel, using 225 of the words given to him, published The Cat in the Hat, which brought instant success.Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1984 and three Academy Awards, Geisel authored and illustrated 44 children's books. His enchanting stories are available as audiocassettes, animated television specials, and videos.While Theodor Geisel died on September 24, 1991, Dr. Seuss lives on, inspiring generations of children of all ages to explore the joys of reading.
(Courtesy of Random House)
Do You Have Books Your Child No Longer Needs?
Please donate them to the Montgomery County Early Learning Center! We are conducting a book drive to collect new or gently used children’s books (for students ages 3-6 or grades PreK- 1st grade) to increase the number of books available to our students at home and in our classroom libraries. Please look around your home (or even grandparent’s/ family members) to find any books that can be donated to the book drive donation boxes. Drop off boxes will be located at the Montgomery County Early Learning Center Front Office. Thank you for your assistance!