This week, children at Small Blessings, 5909 Technology Center Drive in Indianapolis, are not only celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday, but are learning at the same time.

The children are participating in the National Education Association’s Read Across America, sharing the love and reading with children. For the entire week, which began on Monday, March 1, and will conclude on Friday, March 5, classroom teachers will be reading Dr. Seuss books and participating in a fun learning activity that follows the chosen book’s theme, said Todd Deckard, director of curriculum.

“We want to celebrate by advocating parents to become aware of how important it is to read to their children every day,” Deckard said. “It’s really good medicine for kids and will prepare them for life.”

On Monday, each classroom read a book and participated in a learning activity that corresponded with the book.

In the infant classroom, which is ages six weeks to one year old, the children were read “The Shape of Me and Other Stuff,” by Dr. Seuss. They then were traced on paper to show them what their shape looks like.

In the two-year-old classroom, they were read Dr. Seuss’ “ABC,” and participated in a picture pointing activity where they got to see pictures of each child in the class and had to say what the first letter of their name was, Deckard said.

“They learned letter recognition, expressive and receptive language, participation and awareness of pictures and print,” said Janine Vergis, with family advocate at Small Blessings.

In the preschool classes, ages 3, 4 and 5, the children were broken up in small groups and read Dr. Seuss’ “McElligots Pool” and learned color recognition, hand-eye coordination and counting by catching paper fish with a magnetic pole. They also were read “Fox in Socks” on Monday and were able to wear silly socks for the day.

“We are trying to tie literacy together with something they know and something that’s fun,” Vergis said.

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