I’m not typically a huge fan of Dr. Seuss books. I think for early readers they are pretty challenging and don’t offer much in the area of comprehension skills. But today I took a moment to look at his work through different eyes, and to listen through different ears. Just like many other states we are fast approaching the implementation of the common core. I have been looking through them and trying my best to become familiar with what will be asked of my first graders. I am excited about its implementation, but some in my school are not.
Today as I read “If I Ran the Circus” I mentally made note of the way I could use this story in the coming year. The opportunities for writing, phonics, vocabulary and of course rhyming words were abundant. As I read “One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish” my mind began to swirl once again- rhyming words, nonsense words, fluency, and spelling, on and on.
And then the whole of it hit me. It’s not as much about its implementation, or the fact that some of us are happy about it, and some of us are not. It’s the stepping away from the normal, our preconceived notions, and the old behaviors. It’s taking time to look at things differently just for a moment, asking and wondering “just suppose” and then showing our kids how to do the same. It’s this that is going to make Dr. Seuss and the Common Core work for us (me), our kids, our classrooms, and our schools.
I think I’ll work on a Super Seuss Unit to start the year with next year!
On a personal note I hope all of my blogging friends and your families are ok after the terrible storms the past few days. We here in Oklahoma know how devastating severe storms can be. Keep Safe.