Guest Author - Alissa Moy
Read Across America Day is March 2nd, 2011. Here are some ideas to teach your homeschooler about Dr. Seuss and celebrate, too!
1. Check out the Read Across America Guide, at the link that can be found at the end of this article. Here you will find ideas to involve everyone in your life and celebrate reading!
2. After reading Bartholomew and the Oobleck, make Oobleck! Here are the instructions:
2 cups of corn starch
3 drops of green food coloring
Enough water to make a thick mixture (about the texture of pancake batter)Have 1 cup of water handy to pour out slowly when mixing.
Mix all of the ingredients together. Add the water slowly so as not to liquify the mixture too much. Note the textures that Oobleck has, and try using different utensils, like as a spatula and funnel, to see what form the mixture will take with using them.
Challenge your homeschooler with a variety of ideas for experimentation, including noting the mixtures in their various forms. Compare and contrast the two recipes, and try experiments like molding them into the same shape. Encourage discussion while your child is doing this hands on activity. Older children can complete a report on their findings, including a hypothesis, procedure and conclusion.
3. Read Green Eggs and Ham and make some for a snack. Use green food coloring to make everything green!
4. Read If I Ran the Zoo with your homeschooler and create a pretend zoo at home. Be sure to discuss optimal habitats for animals and the care they need. If possible, take a field trip to a real zoo.
5. Read and watch The Cat in the Hat with your child. Compare and contrast the movie and the book using a Venn Diagram. Discuss rules and why they are so important in a family and home.
6. Check out the Amazing Animals Unit of Ideas at the link below (at the end of this article). Here you will find animal themed books by Dr. Seuss and awesome activities to go with all of them!
7. Read The Lorax to your child and discuss it's significance to helping the environment. Come up with ways together that your family can get "greener".
8. Using the link that can be found at this article's end, learn about the real Dr. Seuss. Your child may or may not know he has a pen name, or that he published cartoons!
9. Enjoy a day of reading all of your child's favorite Dr. Seuss classics. Plan to read indoors where it is warm, or outside in the park if the weather is nice.
10. Stock up on your favorite Dr. Seuss books and educational resources to add to your homeschool library. Dr. Seuss never goes out of style!