March 2020
What are YOU reading on Read Across America Day?

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go!

In honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday on March 2nd, we're sending our EC News one more edition of THE BUZZ ! This one is focused on language and literacy because we LOVE reading here and there...We LOVE reading EVERYWHERE !!

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Building Language and Literacy with Rhyming!
The Cat In The Hat
By: Dr. Seuss
Poor Dick and Sally. It's cold and wet and they're stuck in the house with nothing to do . . . until a giant Cat In The Hat shows up, transforming the dull day into a fun adventure and almost wrecking the house in the process!  
Green Eggs and Ham
By: Dr. Seuss
"Do you like green eggs and ham?" asks Sam-I-Am in this Dr. Seuss story. In a house or with a mouse? In a boat or with a goat? On a train or in a tree? Sam keeps asking persistently.
The Foot Book
By: Dr. Seuss
Explore all different kinds of feet, from fast to slow, front to back, big and small, and learn about opposites! Dr. Seuss' rhymes will delight young readers and help them discover the world around them, starting with their own bodies!
One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish
By: Dr. Seuss
From counting to opposites to Dr. Seuss' signature silly rhymes, this book has everything a reader needs! Meet the bumpy Wump and the singing Ying, and even the winking Yink who drinks pink ink.
Fox In Sox
By: Dr. Seuss
Dr. Seuss'  Fox in Socks  has been troubling tongues since 1965. Written specifically to be read aloud, it features a tricky fox in socks and the progressively more difficult tongue-twisting games he plays on his exasperated friend Mr. Knox.

Hop On Pop
By: Dr. Seuss
Full of short, simple words and silly rhymes, this book is perfect for reading alone or reading aloud with Dad! The rollicking rhythm will keep kids entertained on every page, and it's an especially good way to show Pop some love!
Dr. Seuss Collection
There are many books by Dr. Seuss that you can collect and read with your child. Here are a few from his collection that you can find at your local library or online. It will be fun to see which Dr. Seuss book will become your child's favorite to read over and over!

15 Minutes a Day
21 Days in a Row
The March 21-Day Read Aloud Challenge is here! Start, or continue, a read aloud habit that will add words, imagination, and a love of learning to your child's life. Grab your favorite Dr. Seuss book and sign up today!
Learn more HERE .
Fun Ideas that Promote the Early Learning and Development Guidelines... otherwise known as the ELDGs!
Fun things to do with the help of THING 1 and THING 2 !

Did you know that r hyme teaches children how language works? Reading rhyme books is especially important as it teaches children the sound of language. Rhyming  helps children  learn  about  word   families such as hat, sat, mat, pat, and fat. This awareness builds the foundation of reading and writing success. Learn more >>

Teach Rhyming At Home
Singing  nursery  rhymes  and  songs  to children as young as babies can help develop their language and communication skills from an early age. Introducing  children  to a variety of nursery  rhymes  can help them understand and learn about different sounds. Spend time reading rhyming books and drawing attention to the rhyming words. This is an  important  part of developing those early literacy skills.
Cat In The Hat Name Puzzle
Here is a fun way to create a Dr. Seuss hat and help your child find the letters in their name. All you need are strips of red and white paper and a black marker. The great thing about this activity is you can make it super easy by having the letters already written, or if your child is ready to write letters, let them do it. Then it's time to put the hat together. You can glue it down or make an activity they can practice multiple times by mixing the letters up and doing it over and over. Having a sheet with their name already written will provide great support. They can practice matching first and then when they are ready, it can be done independently. Keeping these stored in a baggie is fun that can be done over and over.
Ten Apples Up On Top
Counting and Stacking
T en Apples Up On Top   is about a lion, a tiger, and a dog who are all friends. They challenge each other to stack and balance more and more apples on their heads until the whole endeavor ends in a giant apple mess! The counting practice that it invites, as the stacks of apples get higher and higher, is counting repetition! 
Healthy Dr. Seuss Snacks
The Cat and The Hat Cheese Stick Snacks!
Here is a cute and healthy snack to celebrate Dr. Seuss Day! All you need are some cheese sticks, a red permanent marker, and a black permanent marker. Use the photo as your guide!
Cat In The Hat Kabobs
Kids can make this easy snack! All you need are bananas, strawberries, and a safe lollipop stick. Kids can work on their math patterning skills by creating a red/white pattern to make their edible hats!
One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish
Jello Jigglers are a great snack for kids! After reading the book, you could have the fish ready to go for snack or you could conduct your very own science experiment making the snack with the kids.

Make Jello Jigglers without experiencing pesky problems like having your Jello stick to the pan.

  1. Water to Jello ratio: For Jello Jigglers, keep the water-to-Jello ratio at 1:1; that means that for every ONE BOX of Jello you will need one cup of water. This is half of what the regular Jello recipe on the box requires. As a rule, the less water you add the stronger the Jello will be.
  2. Don’t add cold water: Rather than adding cold water, as the directions on the box instructs, you are only going to use boiling water to make Jello Jigglers — this helps the gelatin molecules form a really strong bond and results in that strong and jiggly jello you love!
  3. Spray the pan with cooking spray before putting in the Jello: Before you add the liquid Jello into the pan, take the time to spray the pan lightly with a cooking spray and wipe it in with a paper towel. The spray will help stop the Jello from sticking to the pan and the wiping will help make sure the surface of your Jello is smooth since the little droplets of cooking spray can cause indentations in the Jello.
  4. Pop or scoop out any bubbles: After adding the liquid Jello to the mold, make sure to pop any bubbles with a toothpick (or scoop out with a spoon). If you don’t, those bubbles will remain and you will get holes and divets in the top of your Jello! This doesn’t impact the taste, but can make it look rather uneven.
  5. Make thicker jello cubes: If you want your jello to be more like large, jiggly cubes, double this recipe.
Building Social & Emotional Development with Dr. Seuss
Read My Many Colored Days
Dr. Seuss' book,  My Many Colored Days , reviews emotions in terms of colors and animals. Children don't always understand how they are feeling and this adorable text helps clarify feelings through comparing them to animals and colors.
Play "Catch a Feeling"
Use a permanent marker to draw feeling faces on an inflatable beach ball. Toss the ball to your child. When he catches it, have him identify the feeling face under one of his hands. He can also share a time when he experienced that feeling. It's a simple and fun way to teach kids about feelings.
Kindergarten Registration Dates for 2020- 2021
For information about kindergarten registration dates for the 2020-2021 school year, you may wish to contact school districts directly. Below are the links to the registration page for each school district. While your home school district is determined by your street address, parents may apply for open enrollment to attend a school of choice during open enrollment windows.

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