Tuesday, March 2, 2010

A Couple of Dr Seuss Links to Mark His Birthday

Okay, if you're just waking up, and realizing it's Theodor Geisel's, or Dr. Seuss's birthday, and feeling like a bad parent/educator, because you didn't plan anything for your children on a day that celebrates reading - don't panic. And, don't bother rushing out to the library, to pick up a Dr. Seuss book either, they're all checked out by now, and while your library might be having some sort of Seuss event, it will inevitably be crowded and chaotic.

There's a much simpler solution right on your computer. YouTube has a days worth of Seuss videos (I know, I know, videos!?! But the author had a hand in them, and his artwork, and style are displayed in them, just as well as the books - you can always do a reading exercise too, if it makes you feel better). Some are in the old Grinch style, like The Sneetches, which you can find in two parts, here and here . For an easy companion snack, frost cookies, or cupcakes, with yellow frosting, adding a blue frosting star to a few.

Or, there are also videos from the newer Beginner Book Series, like Dr. Seuss's ABC. Add some alphabet soup, and an alphabet coloring page, and you've got your own homemade Dr. Seuss event.

Of course, before you buy into all the hype, you might want to check out the History Channel's biography of the author. You can find it on YouTube, too, in 9 parts, that I linked below. But, I wouldn't suggest watching it with your children. His life, and total body of work, are not quite as child friendly as Green Eggs And Ham. It's really a sad, sad story.
The links below, worked on, and off for me when I was testing them - so if they don't work once, you might try them again, the worst they'll do is take you to YouTube's main page, but be assured, there is a History Channel biography of Theodor Geisel, out there.

It's great to be a homeschooler.


Ticia said...

The first is working for me right now. Seuss is a weird one all right.

Leah @ A Butterfly In My Stomach said...

Thanks for the links. My daughter loves the Dr. Seuss books. The documentary is very interesting...a lot I didn't know! Thanks!