Welcome to Kinderland, the place I spend most my time! Since I started teaching Kindergarten I read as many books for fun as I do for work. And I decided it’s time to start sharing them! In Books From Kinderland you’ll see the picture books I’m reading with my class from a teacher’s perspective. I’ll also share reviews of books I’m reading that are about teaching. So welcome to Kinderland!
Most people probably don’t know this… I certainly didn’t before teaching Kindergarten… but March 2nd is Dr. Seuss’s Birthday. In Kinderland, it’s as big of a holiday as Christmas and Valentines. All week we dress differently to celebrate the different Seuss books. We do Dr. Seuss related activities. We celebrate big.
Dr. Seuss would be 113 today and, while he’s been gone for a while, his books have made such a lasting impression that he lives on for kids all over. I’m not going to review any of his books today for Kinderland – instead, I’d like to share what makes his books so special from a Kinder teacher’s perspective.
Why I celebrate Dr. Seuss:
- Dr. Seuss books open up reading to the most hesitant of readers. His books for younger readers have lots of repeated text. Once they’ve learned it on one page, they can read it over and over. That confidence helps them to move on to more challenge books.
- Rhyming! I never would have guessed it before teaching Kinder, but rhyming is not an easy skill to learn. It involves hearing and isolating middle and end sounds in words. The easiest sounds to hear are beginning sounds, then end sounds. Those vowel sounds? Not so much! But with his constant rhyme and use of familiar word families (words that end in -at, -it, -og, etc) really help kids start to catch on.
- Message! Some Dr. Seuss books are just plain silly and fun. But plenty of them have fantastic messages. The Lorax teaches about caring for our environment and how it’s each person’s responsibility. The Sneeches teaches about accepting each other, regardless of how each person looks. No one is better because of what they look like. Oh the Places You’ll go! inspires them to reach for the stars! That’s just to name a couple of my favorites!
- An accessible way to learn about the world! Some of the books teach skills / knowledge that kids need to have, but in a way that they will enjoy most. Through fun and silly rhymes. Sometimes I’ll be reading one of these books to my kids and think, “wow, I didn’t know that!”
- The books grow up with them! Dr. Seuss books start off at about a 3 year old interest level and grow to about a 9 year old interest level. Of course, some are without age!
I bought 4 Dr. Seuss books for my class library last year – which was quite small at the time. They became instant favorites and I had kids rushing through their work hoping to be one of the first 4 finished so they could read Dr. Seuss! Needless to say, I added to my Dr. Seuss library over the summer and will continue to do so for years. They continue to be some of my kids favorite books.
Take a look at the Dr. Seuss books my kids love (I’m including a couple that are Dr. Seuss Library, but not by Seuss himself.):
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