Monday, March 2, 2015

Read Across America Day 2015

Even though school opened 2 hours late due to inclement weather, Hillside held its Read Across America Day celebration today, in honor of what would have been Dr. Seuss's 111th birthday. There are several traditions that I always look forward to every year.

- Mrs. Christy, PTO mom, organized "Dr. Seuss hat" sales ahead of time so as many students as possible arrive at school in their hats. Kindergarten students also make their own hats - adorable!

- I encourage students to participate (and many of them do) in the Six Flags Six Hour Reading Program, which rewards students with a free ticket to Six Flags if they complete six hours of reading. I submit their information as the school coordinator.

Mrs. Mellin's 2nd grade class won the "highest percentage of participation" award this year, earning Mrs. Mellin $50 to spend at the book fair from March 23-27!

- I and the teachers organize guest parent readers to visit their classrooms.  Many thanks to all our special guests for coming to read to our students!

- For the past three years, I have worked with the 3rd grade classes to prepare readers' theater skits.

The library is turned into a "performance space." Chairs and tables are cleared away and the 3rd grade classes perform each skit one at a time, the other students sit on the floor, and parents are invited and seated in the back of the library. The performances are video recorded and the videos are placed on the "What We See TV" Mt. Laurel website. The whole performance lasts no longer than an hour, and it is such a fun experience for the students. I love to see how some students really "shine" and blossom in front of an audience, even when I've never seen that part of them before. We work very hard on expression and volume, and many students make huge leaps in this area, not to mention increasing their reading fluency while doing this!

This year the skits were:

**The Tortoise and the Hare (adapted by Mrs. Eley from "The Cheetah and the Sloth" by J. M. Martin)
**The Frog Prince Continued (Mrs.Winkel's Class) - Scripts adapted by Mrs. Eley
**Bubba the Cowboy Prince (Mrs. Golick's Class) - Script Adapted by Mrs. Eley
**The Boy Who Cried Lunch Monitor (Ms. Winkel's class) -  Script by Judy Freeman, adapted from the book

Happy Dr. Seuss Day, everyone!

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