The Cat In The Hat Makes Reading Fun for Montessori Students
The sun did not shine. It was too wet for Lincoln Montessori students to play.
Then something went, “bump.” Then they heard, “Bang, bang, bang.”
From outside their classroom the children heard a voice say, “Please open the door. Let us in. There’s a dog out here, and we’re wet to the skin.”
In rushed in The Cat In The Hat with some friends bringing a stack of Dr. Seuss books to help make amends.
“Do you know why I’m here?” The Cat asked the class. “It’s my birthday! We’ve been celebrating all day. I bet we ate 12 or 13 cakes on our way!”
Celebrating Dr. Seuss’ Birthday
March 2nd is Dr. Seuss’ birthday. To mark this special date each year The Cat In The Hat visits students at Horizon Charter Schools’ Lincoln Montessori. The Cat brings along Thing One and Thing Two (and sometimes a few more) in the form of older Montessori students. Together they talk to the younger children about Dr. Seuss.
“Reading is the most important thing you can give a student. The best readers become the best writers and the best spellers. These are the kids who go on to excel in jobs,” explained sixth/seventh grade Montessori Teacher Miss Sylvia – AKA The Cat In The Hat. “It’s important to encourage reading. It’s also good for the older kids to read to the younger students.”
This year, 7th grade students Josh, Marco and Connor joined The Cat. The trio is part of Lincoln Montessori’s Leadership Club. Josh played Thing One and read to the younger students. Marco and Connor took photos and video. Later the club will edit the video into a short movie to commemorate the activity.
Visiting Kindergarten – 4th Grade Montessori Students
Today’s first stop was Miss Karla’s 1st and 2nd grade class. The children were very excited! They showed The Cat into their special reading room and sat down to choose a story. “Are You My Mother” was the winner.
Thing One read the story to the kids. The children listened very closely. They laughed at several of the “mothers” the baby bird found. When the story was over, the children thanked The Cat and the Things for visiting.
Next on the list was Miss Charlene’s Kindergarten and First Grade class. Here, the children surprised their special guest with Cat In The Hat puppets they made earlier in the day. They gathered around The Cat and chatted excitedly. The young students told The Cat how much they enjoyed Dr. Seuss’ stories.
Sitting on their special activity carpet, Marco chose one student to pick the book they would read. This time the student picked, “One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish.” The kindergarteners and first graders laughed and asked questions as Josh read.
The children continued to ask The Cat questions once the story was over. Then they shook hands and said goodbye so the foursome could be on their way.
Miss Shannon’s Third and Fourth Grade Class was the last stop of the day.
“I love it when Dr. Seuss comes to visit,” Miss Shannon said. “They do it every year. The kids really enjoy it.”
Here the children talked to The Cat In The Hat about Dr. Seuss stories and the dog that was (supposedly) chasing The Cat through the rain. They petted The Cat’s fur and made the group feel at home.
Connor chose the student to pick the book in this room. The 4th grader also selected, “Are You My Mother” from the many stories available. The group listened attentively until it was time to say goodbye.
As Dr. Seuss once said, “You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.” Miss Sylvia and Lincoln Montessori’s Leadership Club are out to prove him right!
About Lincoln Montessori
A program of Horizon Charter Schools, Lincoln Montessori is a tuition free, public Montessori school. Students attend classes five days each week at a site on First Street in Lincoln, California.
All Lincoln Montessori teachers are specially trained in the Montessori method, which encourages a nurturing, supportive and exploratory environment that helps build each child’s independence.
The mixed-grade classes are small, allowing for more one-on-one interaction with teachers. Older students act as mentors and role models to the younger children during group activities like visits from The Cat In The Hat.
To find out more about the Lincoln Montessori, visit our Montessori web page or call 916-408-5225.