Dr. Seuss at MLK Christian Academy
On March 2, our birthday celebrant would have made his 112th birthday. However, his earlier death at age 87 did not deter schools and other institutions of learning from continuing to observe the birthday of one of the world’s greatest story tellers of children’s books.
And our own Martin Luther King Christian Academy was not about to be left out of any good thing. Thus for the last six years, Deloris Newman, our pre-kindergarten 4 and kindergarten 5 teacher has made sure our school participated in the National Education Association’s “Read Across America” program in honor of Theodore Seuss Geisel commonly known as “Dr. Seuss.” Instead of involving the community as has been done in the past, this year Newman tapped Henry Jones, an elder and director of music at Berean. Parents of the 4 and 5-year-olds were invited to the two-hour morning program where a “Cat in the Hat” (with top hat and whiskers) clad Jones selected and read books from Newman’s own twenty Dr. Seuss book collection. Newman and other staff utilized numerous instructional posters, handouts, and floor games to introduce the children to word recognition gems, aids in identifying shapes, and hand and eye coordination exercises – to name a few. The children enjoyed refreshments that corresponded with many of the books Jones read. For example, blueberry juice and red gummy fish were used for the One Fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish book; gigantic “A B C “ cards for the A B C book, the red and white striped stovepipe hats worn by the children and Jones for The Cat in the Hat, green food dyed scrambled eggs and veggie meat for the Green Eggs and Ham book, and of course, a map depicting the experiences the children could vicariously enjoy in Oh, the Places You’ll Go. Then it was gift time for all the students – with the non-pre-k and kindergarteners receiving red Dr. Seuss bookmarks. The bulk of the array of items – of course, all personalized with Dr. Seuss’ name – went to the pre-k and kindergarteners who received bags, bookmarks, rulers, pencils, and erasers.
Even though this was her sixth year of celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday, according to Newman, “The joy of seeing the children’s faces light up in excitement while learning through fun had the aura of the first year’s celebration- all over again.” Principal Sibyl Jordan and her staff applaud Newman’s willingness to go above and beyond her regular teaching duties for Martin Luther King Christian Academy.
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