Ridgeline Academy celebrated”Read Across America” with a full week of activities to include Monday, Feb. 29th – Dollar Dress Down Day, Tuesday, March 1st – “Fox & Socks”, Wednesday, March 2nd – Dr. Seuss Day – Dr. Seuss’ Birthday – Thursday, March 3rd – Thing 1, Thing 2 Day – Twins Day and Friday March 4th – with Spirit Day – all wear Eagles Ridgeline Gear –
Mrs. Telep sports an Irish grin while Principal Keven Barker strolls the Seuss Cat Hats.
Each class captured Dr. Seuss in a unique way. The fourth-graders created hand-crafted Cat Hats to go with the a version of Seuss Poetry describing the essence of each hat. A week full of centered activities to included writing, crafts and games designed to encourage reading. “Its fun to dress up as our favorite character and wear crazy socks,” fourth-grader Daniela DeMarco said.
Denise Murphy shared the history of Dr. Seuss with the kindergartners, first and second grade visitors while the Cat Hat Poems were shared by fourth-graders in Ms. Lane’s classroom.
Smiles filled the halls as students became a favorite character. “Its fun to see what people are wearing, Mikey Edwards even wore mustaches on his socks,” Brayden Ables said. “I liked painting my hat in Mr. Moreno’s Art Room and preparing a Cat Hat poem to go with it,” Brayden added.
Dr. Seuss stories are full of invitations to build literacy skills. Rhyming words teach vowel sounds, reinforce spelling patterns, build sight vocabulary, and more. Lively language enriches learning about word choice, syntax, and conventions of language. Colorful characters keep the stories going and offer opportunities to explore dialogue, onomatopoeia, alliteration, story structure, and more.
The National Education Association’s Read Across America is an 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.
NEA’s Read Across America also provides NEA members, parents, caregivers, and children the resources and activities they need to keep reading on the calendar 365 days a year.
The Celebration of Dr. Seuss week at Ridgeline Academy wrapped up with a special guest, Mrs. B’s Story Time … with a twist! “It was fun and funny, especially when the teachers dressed up like celebrities,” Cody Temple said with a smile.
“Entertaining young children right where they are and bringing older kids back to where they should be… to their childhoods.” Is what its all about at; http://www.mrsbstorytime.com
In cities and towns across the nation, teachers, teenagers, librarians, politicians, actors, athletes, parents, grandparents, and others develop NEA’s Read Across America activities to bring reading excitement to children of all ages. Governors, mayors, and other elected officials recognize the role reading plays in their communities with proclamations and floor statements. Athletes and actors issue reading challenges to young readers. And teachers and principals seem to be more than happy to dye their hair green or be duct-taped to a wall if it boosts their students’ reading.
Nicole Guina shares in the celebration as Sam I am as teachers dressed the part.
But what about the little ones? With a little help, they can enjoy National Reading Month too.
Research findings outlined in a recent report of the National Early Literacy Panel highlight the fact that literacy skills begin to develop at birth. The panel identified a number of early skills that are related to—and may even help predict—a child’s later success with reading and writing.
So, even young children who are not yet reading can join in the celebration of National Reading Month.
The More you read, the More things you will know – The More that you Learn, the More places you’ll go! ~ Dr. Seuss
To learn more about Ridgeline Academy visit; www.ridgelineacademy.org
Photos by; Nicole Guina, Denise Murphy, Stacey Lane and Ridgeline Staff
Noted by; Stacey Lane