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Happy birthday, Dr. Seuss! Read Across America 2019! 

Saturday, March 2nd, on a cold but suddenly sunny day in Eugene, so much fun reading Dr. Seuss!

Having a grand time re-reading a bunch of my Dr. Seuss books. Rather than reposting a couple earlier blogs I'm sitting here camped out with warm blanket, scarf, fuzzy slippers with pom poms, but no Dr Seuss hat. Instead a beanie. Mother Nature calmed down a bit in time for Dr. Seuss' birthday. For that I am so grateful. And ready for fun! 

My #oneword for 2019 is "Celebrate", so today's a perfect reading party. I'm waiting for you. Silly hats! Pjs and cocoa or hot cider, too. And bring your favorite Dr. Seuss stories, maybe a costume or too!

Each year, Dr. Seuss' birthday is celebrated on March 2nd. Or close to it. Due to weather, I am reading at the preschool a couple days late. I'm already planning probably two books and matching mini-lessons. I'll have the children pick their favorites. That in itself is a lesson in decision making. Maybe. Have to see. Thinking a nudge toward 'Hop On Pop', 'Ten Apples On Top'. Toss in a little word family action. I'm really sneaky with skills.

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Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss

Birthdays are always special. When it's time to party for Dr. Seuss, it's a big hurray for the day!

Mark your calendar-March 2, '17. Happy birthday, Dr. Seuss! And get set for the party of parties, Read Across America! 

Two of my grandkids have Valentine birthdays. One, a teenager amazes me with her accomplishments- band, AP classes, Scouts, you name it. The years just flew by and birthday parties for her are not about pin the tail anymore.

Morgan, our Eugene adorable is turning six. Our Kindergartener is debating between various character themes, but it's going to be an old fashioned, at home party this year and we're pretty excited about that. This is our year of simple is best. Trips to the dollar store already, need a head start on a big girl party, complete with party dress and maybe a little lip gloss. Bet she invites Carter, planning to marry him.

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Dr. Seuss wrote The Butter Battle Book in 1984, as timely today, maybe more so. The story is about resolving differences, although in the book there is a background threat of mutual destruction, with an uncertain ending. A wall divides two groups, Yooks and Zooks simply because of the way they butter their bread. Isn't that just so Seussian?

This is a very different Dr. Seuss book, an anti-war story more suited to older students. However, I think adaptable to the littles and outrageously great for dealing with the problem of bullying at school. I recently read parts of it to our five year old, as example of the silly things kids and people do when they have disagreements. Her favorite book right now is the classic Yo! Yes?, by Chris Raschla. In this joyous little story two kids realize they are lonely and decide to become friends. "Yow!"

Childhood is such a precious time, our pre-kindergartener was pretty surprised that the Zooks and Yooks couldn't just figure it out, tear down that wall dividing them and be friends with a happy ending, like Yo! Yes? Kiddos make life pretty darn simple when we watch and listen to them, don't you think?

Morgan and I made a Venn diagram, with Yo! Yes? in the middle. On one side, The Yooks wear blue clothes and eat their bread with butter side facing up. On the other part of the diagram the Zooks wear orange clothing and they butter their bread with the butter on the bottom. Of course, I didn't deal with anything more grown up than the basics and we had a fun time talking, drawing and making our comparisons. Morgan had no idea she was doing critical thinking and we were asking questions based on Bloom's. 

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