To help celebrate Read Across America week, The Cat in The Hat himself visited Mrs. Harris’ kindergarten class. The video is a great example of Dr. Seuss’ rhyme and meter being used as students predict the word at the end of the phrase. Playing The Cat in the Hat is really kindergarten student Evan Lafko’s grandmother, Carol Evans. Carol was an elementary school teacher for over 30 years but as you can see instilling a love of reading in children is still very important to her.

Read Across America week was created to honor Dr. Seuss and is held the first week in March, with March 2 being Theodor Seuss Geisel’s ( Dr. Seuss’) birthday. Dr. Seuss wrote many children’s books that incorporated rhyme, and frequent use of meter. These elements help early readers when learning to read. One of Dr. Seuss’ most famous books is The Cat in the Hat, written in 1957. Many of us grew up loving this book and it continues to be a favorite with children today.

Kelly Lafko
4th grade Language Arts
Arizona Charter Academy

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