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Read Across America
Get literate and join the National Education Association's (www.nea.org) "Read Across America" initiative this month. Originally a one-day celebration on March 2 of Dr. Seuss' birthday, "Read Across America" encourages reading every day.
Whether you're a teacher, a homeschooler or a parent who promotes reading at home or in the community, the "Read Across America" site (www.nea.org/readacross/index.html) has reams of cool stuff to print out and reproduce including bookmarks, reading certificates and posters. Or you can sign up to receive a free resource kit.
Get curious and get George … Curious George that is. The curious little monkey is the mascot of the reading project this year since he starred in his own movie last month. The NEA site has lots of free lesson plans involving the curious critter, but surf to book publisher Houghton Mifflin's site www.houghtonmifflinbooks.com/features/cgsite/ for free Curious George games, party kits, coloring pages, even a recipe for the monkey's own banana bread.
Don't forget Dr. Suess! Surf to Seussville University www.seussville.com, where you can "have lots of good fun that is funny!" Play One Fish Two Fish Concentration, Catch-A-Thing and other Suessian fun. Get the real story on Dr. Seuss himself, a.k.a. Theodor Geisel. (Note: You'll need to download the latest version of Flash Player at www.macromedia.com to make the most of this site.)
"From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere" at the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Web site www.catinthehat.org. Take a virtual tour of the national memorial sculpture garden at the Springfield Museums in Massachusetts, or browse through some of Dr. Seuss' famous illustrations and his "secret art."
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