In the book I Can Read with My Eyes Shut, Dr. Seuss wrote,
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more things that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
March is a month of change. The weather changes as the cheerful robin returns to build her nest, marking the arrival of spring. Students are antsy after two months of hard work and cold weather (well not too cold this year), and are ready for a change. How about changing up your therapy session or classroom teaching with a party?
Here are some ideas to create March Mania:
Did you know that March 2 is Dr. Seuss’s birthday? Did you know his real name was Ted Geisel? Did you know that Dr. Seuss made huge changes in how children’s books were written. He has inspired generations of young readers? His books are excellent for developing phonological awareness in children. The wacky themes and enchanting rhymes are enjoyable for students of all ages. His nonsense words are fun and important in the development of language and creativity in children.
Maybe you could host a birthday party on March 2 in honour of Dr. Seuss. Bring in lots of Dr. Seuss books and have your students “go wild with reading and writing activities”. They can have fun with rhyming and exploring their own characters and ideas. After reading some books, encourage your students to choose one or more of the following ideas for writing, or any other creative ideas you have. Make it whimsical and fun!
8 Ideas for Writing & Creativity:
- Write their own rhyming story with lots of make believe characters.
- Keep a journal for the month of March called “Spring Fling” featuring their own make believe characters, or using Dr. Seuss characters.
- Make a list of things to do to cheer up the Grinch.
- Write a skit about you and one of Dr. Seuss’ characters.
- Pretend you live in Whoville, and describe a day in your life.
- Write what you learned from The Lorax.
- Dress up as your favourite Dr. Seuss character!
- Write about what you would have your own Thing 1 or Thing 2 do.
Remember, the more you read, the more things you will know!
The more you will grow!
The more places you’ll get to know
And it’ll make you glow!