It’s time again for the Virtual Book Club. Each month a different author is featured. Everyone participating then selects a book by the chosen author and creates an activity to accompany the book. The featured author for February is Dr. Seuss.
There are so many fun Dr. Seuss books to choose from. In fact, in most libraries you will find a whole shelf devoted to the beloved author. For this post, we settled on I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!
I Can Read With My Eyes Shut! celebrates all the things we discover from reading. The story is told by the Cat in the Hat as he shows us all the fun that is to be had from keeping your eyes open and reading. I just love this quote from the book.
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
After several readings of the book, we were inspired to create two literacy activities to compliment the text.
As a classroom teacher, I liked to show my kids how many books we were reading over the course of the year. One year I created this gum ball machine to showcase our reading. Each time we read a book as a class, we wrote the name of the book on a gumball and added it to our machine.
I’ve also seen this done with paper links to create a chain that can wrap around the room. During the first year of my boys’ lives, I kept a journal of the first 100 books I read to them. What other ideas can you think of to keep track of how many books or topics your kids are learning about?
Reading can be so much more fun with a groovy pair of reading glasses. You can even embelish a plain pair for some extra zing.
Don’t forget to check out other books and activities centered around work of Dr. Seuss at one of the great blogs listed below. You can also add your own Dr. Seuss idea below. And, join us next month for Julia Donaldson books!
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