I am a terrible teacher. There. I said it. I have a confession to make. I do not love Dr. Seuss. Try not to judge me. I can remember when Nate was little, he wanted to hear "Hop on Pop". Every night. Multiple times. I could "read" it in my sleep. I thought that I would jump out the window if I had to read it one more time. I would read it again and I didn't jump.
I don't remember hearing Dr. Seuss being read over and over when I was a child and I think that maybe my Mom felt the same way that I do?
There is just one thing. I love that children love Dr. Seuss. I had a student a bunch of years ago that really struggled with reading. Her parents, me, tutors, AIS providers all struggled with getting her to read. I remember the day that she came up to me, her first grader eyes smiling and said "Mrs. Faas! Mrs. Faas! I CAN READ THIS WHOLE BOOK ALL BY MYSELF!" She was SO proud! And so was I.
I am sure that you know where I am going with this. That is the day that "Ten Apples Up on Top" by Theodor Seuss Geisel became my favorite Seuss book, as well as becoming Patricia's favorite.
As a primary teacher, I do read Dr. Seuss books to my class. I only read them a couple of times and I seem to enjoy them a little more than I did. Mostly because the children think that the books are hysterical. They are easy to read and kids feel proud when they can independently read them cover to cover. For that, I am grateful.
Thanks, Dr., to you
for all that you do
giving kids what they need
while they're learning to read!
Thanks Dr. Seuss!