Dear Parents and Guardians -
March 2nd is Dr. Seuss’ Birthday. Every year we celebrate Dr. Seuss by having a spirit week and engaging in special activities throughout the school. According to Wikipedia, “Theodor Seuss Geisel was an American children's author, political cartoonist, and animator. He is known for his work writing and illustrating more than 60 books under the pen name Doctor Seuss.” His books are loved by children and adults alike and are often shared with young readers to foster a love for reading.
At Coyote Ridge Elementary, we spend a great deal of time teaching students to learn how to read and then switching over to reading to learn. Students are engaged in small group, whole group, and shared reading practices on a daily basis. Over the course of the school year, it is rewarding to witness firsthand how much progress students make individually as readers at every grade level.
The time that students spend at home reading also makes a huge impact on their skills as readers. It is important that children develop a love of reading and begin to seek out material that is of interest to them. Students in the upper elementary grades often get excited about a book series or graphic novels that keep them reading on their own.
We are fortunate to have so many Dr. Seuss books to choose from with a litany of positive messages as we sit to read with our children. Through his stories, we are encouraged to explore, ask questions, and embrace differences in our world. Children are also taught that they have unlimited potential to do whatever they want to do. As Dr. Seuss says:
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…”