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Parents, students share love of reading during celebration of Dr. Seuss

March 10, 2019

GERING — Lincoln Elementary preschoolers celebrated the late Dr. Seuss Thursday with the help of their parents.

Students in Judy Land’s class ended their school day enjoying a Seuss-inspired snack and reading their favorite Dr. Seuss books like “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish,” “Go Dog Go,” “The Foot Book” and “Green Eggs and Ham.”

Michelle Moore said her favorite part of her afternoon was spending time with her son Maxtin while reading books with him.

“I hope he learns that reading books is very important,” she said. “It’s important in everyday life because you need to know how to read to do everything. He’s going to be doing it the rest of his life.”

Maxtin’s favorite Dr. Seuss book is “Ten Apples Up on Top” because he likes to count the animals and apples.

When the students were not reading with their parents, they made a whimsical Seuss snack.

Harlow Douglass enjoyed making her snack.

“We get cereal, then you get some red fish and M&Ms and some Goldfish,” she said.

The students’ snack mix contained one cup of Cheerios and Goldfish, five small fish and two scoops of M&Ms.

While enjoying her snack, Harlow’s mother Corrina read Dr. Seuss books, which Harlow said was her favorite part of the afternoon.

Her favorite book is ”‘Fox in Socks’ because he has socks,” she said, with a smile.

After spending some time with her daughter, Douglass hopes her daughter “Honestly has the joy for reading. The possibilities are endless because there are so many different endings.”

After reading multiple books, some of the students worked together on a matching game where they had to find each pair of Dr. Seuss characters before going home for the day.

As the students packed their backpacks and headed out the door, Land said she enjoyed the afternoon activities.

“It’s so fun to watch the parents and kids interact,” she said.

“It’s good to have parent involvement and for them to see how they interact with their friends and also with us.”

Throughout the week, the students reviewed letters and numbers based on Dr. Seuss.

“I hope they learned the love of Dr. Seuss and that they reinforce a lot of the ideas we’ve already worked on throughout the year.”