We celebrated Dr. Seuss Day, formally known as Read Across America, here by reading The Cat in the Hat and making cat hats. This was my go-to library lesson for years with pre-k and kindergarten, and now my own small human can benefit from all of my supplies and old lesson plans. I still have a stash of white paper bags in the perfect size for hats that I bought myself. I took them with me when I stopped teaching, so I still had them on hand to make hats.
Two weeks late, but I did make a very fun door dec for the library door this year. Everyone decorated their doors with a favorite picture book, and I have to say–I really dug doing something other than Dr. Seuss this year. I love the Seuss, but change is nice.
Last Monday, March 2nd, was Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Schools across the country participate in the Read Across America program to celebrate this. I’d been working with an elite corp of 5th graders who would be visiting the pre-k, kindergarten, and 1st grade classrooms to read them a Dr. Seuss story and help them make a craft. It had been in the works since January (and believe me, next year I’m starting earlier!). I’d vetted the 5th graders, worked with the reading teacher, talked to the classroom teachers, practiced and trained the selected 5th graders. I’ve been eating, breathing, and sleeping this program for weeks now.
I decided it’s just time for this crafter’s block to end. I’ve hardly sewn anything since my holiday extravaganza of gifts. I’ve made a few small things, but nothing really in about a month. So today is Dr. Seuss’s birthday and Read Across America, and I was supposed to have a big program at school with some of my 5th graders reading Dr. Seuss stories to pre-k, k, and 1st grade. They were also going to help the little ones make Cat in the Hat hats out of paper bags. But since that’s rescheduled because of the snow, I decided to make my own quilted Cat in the Hat hat to display in my library every year for this event. I’m really happy with it; it’s just some strips of patterned fabric I’ve never been able to think of a use for. The back is a red print with white polka dots (like the red fabric in the middle on the front).