Sunday, February 17, 2013

Celebrating Dr. Seuss

Hi! I am Carie from Kindergarten Hugs! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

We will be celebrating the work of Dr. Seuss during the last week of February to take us right into READ Across America Day on Friday, March 1!  It all starts with teachers reading Seuss books and doing Seuss inspired activities all week long. We also have special dress days throughout the week! Click here to see the list! Our READ Across America committee puts together a letter that goes out to our staff to prepare them for the whole week! See that letter here. Then for the grand finale on Friday evening, our school hosts a "Dr. Seuss Family Night".

 Friday is the day of Seuss week that the students LOVE the most so, I wanted to share what we do on that Friday, with you today!

We usually begin the day with an assembly where a local judge comes in, has the children raise their right hand and recite the "Readers Oath".  Then teachers put on their own production of "Green Eggs and Ham" and "The Grinch" and sometimes classes will perform skits or poems as well. Then the students sing a Seuss chant to end the assembly. We also have guest readers from the community come in throughout the day and read a Dr. Seuss book to our classes! Community members include (but are not limited to): Police officers, firemen, local radio personalities, local business owners and doctors. Our guest readers then remind our students to come and join us in the evening for a fun filled night of laughter, togetherness, reading and games! Throughout the day, classes are making and eating special Seuss treats; whether they be cupcakes, cookies or any other treat! This year, my class will be making Seuss Hat treats! Made with Ritz crackers and gummy lifesavers stuck together with vanilla frosting! YUM!

Then comes....

which includes...

Free- Family- Fun

Students and their FAMILIES are encouraged to come and enjoy a FREE evening at the school filled with lots of FUN!

The doors open at 6p and as families are walking in the door they are able to sign up for door prizes (usually brand new hard cover Seuss books or stuffed Seuss characters). Then they are free to choose where to go and what to do next! Families enjoy the night of games and craft projects that are based on a variety of Dr. Seuss books. Some of the activities include: 
  • Seuss Treat Making
  • Guess How Many Fish? (we have a fishbowl full of goldfish crackers)
  • Family Read (families can bring their own blankets or use ones provided to read books together on the gym floor. They also get to choose a free book to take home with them).
  • The School Book Fair (this is usually the busiest place the whole night and the first year we will not be having it the same week as Seuss :(  )
  • Seuss Bingo
  • Oobleck 
  • Crafts
  • Cake Walk
  • Bucket toss
  • Bulls-eye toss 
  • Pictures with a Seuss Character (Some of our staff and their family members dress up as Suess Characters such as Who-ville characters, Horton, Cat-in-the-hat, Sam I Am etc... 

Here are some pictures of our staff dressing up!

Characters from Who-ville!

Another Who-ville character! 

 Our Seuss Night brings in approximately 400 people to help celebrate Dr. Suess' Birthday! We always have a blast as a staff! As do the kiddos and their family members! Where else can a whole family go for free these days? Not many places! AND they will come home with lots of prizes, treats and a free book or 2!

I would love to hear how you celebrate READ Across America!


  1. I thought this was so neat. I have one entering kindergarten next year and will bring this idea to the parent group.

    1. Wonderful Trina! So glad I could give you some ideas to share! You will have to let us know how it goes!! :)


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