Monday, April 19, 2010

Theo Geisel

I started reading to Ella when she was 1 week old and in the NICU. I heard that studies showed that kids who are read to at an early age have better speech development. It also helps shape their memory and listening skills (what kid doesn’t need better listening skills). So I knew from the start that Ella and I were going to spend a lot of time with books. And I knew from the beginning that she was going to own many Dr. Seuss books (AKA: Theodore Geisel).

Also, in talking to a friend of mine who is an elementary school reading teacher, she said that one of the biggest issues she sees with kids is that they don’t know how to rhyme. They just can’t hear that cat rhymes with hat, or mouse rhymes with house. So I was determined to read rhyming books and poetry to Ella (Yes, she owns Where the Sidewalk Ends.)

Now, at nearly 3 years old, Ella recently discovered the joy of reading Dr. Seuss books, and now that’s all she wants to read. The problem is that she only has 3 books, and one of them is How the Grinch Stole Christmas so we haven’t been reading that. So at night Joe and I have read Green Eggs and Ham and The Tooth Book more than we would like to count. In fact, we have read it so much that Ella has much of Green Eggs and Ham memorized…and so do I…”I am Sam…Sam I am…That Sam I am, that Sam I am, I do not like that Sam I am!….Do you like green eggs and ham?” You know the rest.

The other issue here is that Ella now wants to eat green eggs! Yes, I have taken to dying her scrambled eggs GREEN! The good news is that now she’ll eat 2 eggs instead of 1…protein baby! And no, I do not dye Joe’s eggs green, nor do I dye mine. We eat regular yellow eggs just like the rest of the world. I guess as long as she’s eating her eggs I shouldn’t complain, but green eggs just really don’t look that appetizing.

Anyway, we’ve already decided that we’re going to start expanding Ella’s Dr. Seuss library. I’m thinking 1 Fish 2 Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, mainly because she has a red fish and a blue fish. Do you have any other suggestions?

13 comments:

Ben and Lola said...

Green eggs aren't all that uncommon. Ask your mom how many days we had green scrambled eggs at college! I think the aluminum utensils or pans must have "turned" the eggs but greenish they were!!

Sarah said...

you should get the Cat and the Hat too!

Gnehm said...

Hop on Pop is great for ryhming and Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You? is fun too.

Missy said...

Hop on Pop was the first book Allen learned to read.
We alwas liked If I ran the Zoo and If I ran the Circus.

Mo said...

Left Foot, Right Foot, Feet, Feet, Feet!!! I don't know the actual title of the book though

Jamie said...

We really like "I wish I had Duck Feet." Turner loves to "read" it!

Jamie said...

Oh, and "Ten Apples Up on Top," too.

Anonymous said...

Horton Hears a Who! It's a cute movie too...

:-) Jess Baker

Geri Kelly said...

"Oh the places you will go" is my favorite

Jinx said...

Go Dog Go is my favorite. (Do you like my hat?)

the one said...

Fox in Sox is a great one!

MATT & DANA HIGGINS said...

OH YEAH BABY... here's a list for you!!

Can You Tell Me How to Get to Sesame Street?
In a People House
Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb
Great Day for Up
There's a Wocket in My Pocket!

Hope the Murray family is doing well!

Hugs,
Dana

Meagan said...

Well a couple years ago Dr seuss had a thing through scholastic (i think) where you get a big starter set (like 10) of the books and a backpack for like $30. Then they sign you up for the monthly book club but you can cancel that at any time.

We did this for my nephew and it got him a good set of books. He is 5 and a half now and he reads all the books now!