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Voting for the Cat in the Hat this Election

Saturday, October 29, 2016

(This is a children's book blog and is not affiliated with Dr. Seuss Enterprises, although I share a lot of activities and crafts featuring his books.)

Are you struggling with knowing who to vote for? Look no further. I've got the answer for you.  It is time we had a leader who can make a difference and who cares about our children's future.
I suggest to you, The Cat in the Hat for President in 2016.

Dr. Seuss Vote Election Cat in the Hat President
Yes, I really am undecided this year due to not having a strong lead candidate.  We won't be debating actual candidates here or in the comments, but I think the campaign Dr. Seuss Enterprises is running is brilliant.
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Head over to the Cat in the Hat for President Campaign Headquarters and you can vote for your favorite cause to receive a $10,000 donation.  Isn't that a great idea?

You can choose to support Education, Ocean Conservation, Environment, Fighting Hunger and Kindness.  Easy as two clicks. Fighting hunger is leading as of when I voted.  Share the link with your friends and encourage them to vote too.

NEW BOOK:
I found this book at our school book fair a few weeks ago.  It is a great introduction to the election process put in Dr. Seuss style rhyme and easy for younger children to understand.  
Dr. Seuss Vote Election Cat in the Hat President book

Read and Discuss with Your child
This is a perfect book to read with your child then follow-up with a discussion on their age level about the current election and explain to them who you plan to vote for and why.  Doing that actually made me think harder about the current candidates and who I would feel good about telling my kids I'm supporting. It made me think about which candidate would make the best impact on our future for my children's lives. 

Teaching Children About the Election
My kids had some great comments and told me things they had heard at school too (some nice and some not so nice - other students are listening to their parents and learning a lot).  As we discuss politics we should be aware of listening ears and let it be a teaching moment for our children.  I used to take my children with me to the voting polls but now with mail-in ballots I showed them my ballot to let them see we are voting for more than just president this year.
We watched a little bit of a debate together but I decided it was not appropriate for my kids to continue watching.  I read through the transcripts the next day on my own then told them about certain topics.  My 5th grader is learning about the voting process, electoral college and branches of the government at school this year and will have a mock opportunity to vote.

Family Vote
It would be fun to have your own mock election at home and make slips of paper for each person with the names of the candidates and have them vote then tally the votes to see if there is a consensus or tie.


Dr. Seuss Enterprises held a press conference at Dr. Seuss' childhood home to release their new book.

Dr. Seuss Vote Election Cat in the Hat President WAMC

I really want one of these yard signs.
Dr. Seuss Vote Election Cat in the Hat President yard sign


Now click over Dr. Seuss to VOTE! for your favorite cause now.
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Leave a comment below with suggestions of how we can teach our children about the election or politics in general. (Please no debating the current candidates.)




4 Books to Celebrate Earth Day

Friday, April 22, 2016

We can celebrate our Earth all year by teaching our children to take care of it.
Grab a few of these books and try some activities to help your child love our earth.
Being obSEUSSed, I have to mention The Lorax story. A message about saving trees and standing up for our environment comes across to even toddler age listeners. There are newer Step Into Reading Lorax books with more current ways to help the earth.
Another new favorite is The Boy Who Spoke to the Earth. 

The illustrations in this book are so vibrant and captivating. I wouldn't mind having them framed and displayed on my walls at home. We went to a story scavenger hunt activity at the park for this book by Chris Burkard & David McClellan (Dreamling Books). 
My children loved the story of the boy who went in search of happiness. The boy searches each scene and asks to find happiness but the Earth reminded him he needs to "stand still for just a moment." I agree that sometimes we keep our children so busy playing and exploring outside but we may forget to take a moment to soak it all in and talk to our children about the beauty and importance of the earth. 
Dreamling Books, the publisher of The Boy Who Spoke to the Earth" took us on a story scavenger hunt. The kids ran to find clues around the park that led them to a prize. Parents can create their own Story Scavenger Hunt by creating small paper clues that lead to the next location then to a prize or destination (like a waterfall) at the end.
We are so lucky to live near these beautiful mountains. Our kids take it for granted sometimes. I always make a point to tak about them when we drive past them or look out the window at them. 
Our family enjoys the earth by geocaching. We go on hikes around our state or visit our local park to find little hidden treasure boxes. Anyone can join the fun using the Geocaching app. We also use a hiking GPS to find caches in remote areas without cell service. 
As we hike with a purpose, we also take time to notice the scenery, animals, bugs and other hikers. If we find trash along the trail we pick it up to dispose of properly. Our kids love these outdoor adventures. 
Old Turtle by Douglas Wood is another favorite of ours with detailed water color illustrations. The story is a fable of the way our earth was created. Animals play a big part of our earth. 
Look for animals at the park or an anima conservancy near you to learn more. Our children love our local Tracy Aviary. 


The fourth book I recommend is The Water Hole by Graeme Base. Hidden illustrations on pages get children interested in finding out why the water is disappearing on each page. The theme of this book will help you start a conversation with your child about water conservation. 
Talk about ways you can save water around home like taking shorter showers or smaller baths and turning water off while brushing teeth. 
We use leftover water in our dinner cups to water our plants.

What are some of your favorite books or activities to celebrate Earth Day? Leave a comment below.

*Disclosure, I received a free Boy Who Spoke to the Earth book in exchange for my honest review. 






20 Dr. Seuss Activities to Fill Your House with Stacks of Books

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

March 2, Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! His books are scattered all over our house.  We will be celebrating by reading several of his books, playing games and munching on Seuss style snacks. I'm excited to share several activities and snacks with my son's kindergarten class in the morning.

"Fill your house with stacks of books...in all the crannies and all the nooks." This quote is from the movie, In Search of Dr. Seuss.  Dr. Seuss knew the average kid would pick up a book and be hooked. It has been the inspiration for my blog.  I really want children to be surrounded by books at home.   We have well over 1,000 books. I am constantly trying to sort through them and share with others. We donate many to the Burmese refugee children we work with in Salt Lake. We've held book drives to collect and donate more books for them. My children love helping pass out the books.

This is one reason I haven't been blogging as much in the last year.  I've been "in the trenches" trying to spread literacy instead of behind my computer blogging as much. I still share quick ideas and activities on Instagram but I don't have the time to share more details on my blog for now.

I'm also our school PTA president this year.  I'm currently helping with our readathon which has been a Dr. Seuss theme the past five years.  This year we have a new mascot so we are doing a fantasy reading theme. I'm helping plan a medieval festival to celebrate all the extra reading our students do.
Image by Kellie Ungritch for D. Elementary

I hope you all are reading more with your children or classroom. Share a Dr. Seuss book today to celebrate his birthday. 

If you're looking for some additional fun ways to celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday, check out 20 of my favorite obSEUSSed with Dr. Seuss activities, crafts, snacks and party ideas here.
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Plus I’ve collected more than 1,500 Dr. Seuss ideas on several Pinterest boards.  Follow these boards for Dr. Seuss parties, classrooms, crafts, Grinchmas, activities and more.
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Start filling your house with stacks of books.
We buy books at yard sales, thrift shops, local books stores and online through Amazon and Barnes and Noble. We love to give and receive books as gifts. We've also done a book exchange at church where we have a cupboard we bring a book to leave and take a book to keep. I'm also excited to start working on building my own Dr. Seuss Little Free Library house for my yard this summer.


If you don't like books taking up a lot of space at your home long term, make sure to rotate books from your local library.  Sometimes owning too many books can be overwhelming and my kids get used to seeing them and aren't as interested in reading them.  A new stack of books borrowed from the library gets them excited.  Whatever method you choose, just make sure to keep books accessible for children.  Help them find books they are interested in and get them excited about reading!  

I'd love to know how you're celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday. Leave a comment below or leave a link to your blog if you've shared ideas online.

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Dr. Seuss Love

Sunday, February 14, 2016

A little Dr. Seuss valentine love.

I've seen several quotes about love by Dr. Seuss. 
This appeared in the New York Examiner.

Dr. Seuss once wrote: “We are all a little weird and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.”

This quote floats around the internet often attributed to Dr. Seuss. I found out there is not a lot of evidence he actually said this and that a close variation actually came from Robert Fulgham. See details at Quote Investigator. http://quoteinvestigator.com/2014/02/14/love-weird/

This one appears to be by Dr. Seuss.



"You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams." Dr. Seuss

Share the Dr. Seuss Love with others. You can share these images on social media. 
Remember you can make a simple Cat in the Hat Valentine letter box out of an oatmeal container.
      

Wishing you all a Happy Valentine's Day! 

12 Days of Christmas Books Advent Using Fabric Gift Bags

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

 I tried wrapping Christmas books for each day in December leading up to Christmas as a book advent.  Sure, kids love to pull off the paper, but I didn't like wasting all that paper and how much time it took to wrap the books.  I decided to create my own fabric gift bags to re-use each year. These are 'Sew' simple! I have very basic sewing skills. I'll try it if it has straight lines, no patterns and no pinning. These bags are pretty much like a little pillow case with a ribbon sewn onto the outside for tying.
The thing I love best about these books is that you can put 1 or more books inside for a surprise each day. Leave them under the tree for your children to open counting down the 12 days before Christmas (you could make 24 if you are really ambitious).


To see my instructions for the The 12 Days of Christmas Fabric Gift Bags, I shared them here:  Skip to My Lou. (originally posted Dec. 2014).

The bags can be used for a book advent (from books you already own or borrowed from the library or new gifts) or any other special gifts to count down to Christmas. Perfect for holiday gift giving to your children, family, friends or teachers.



DIY GIFT IDEA:

This Truffula Tree elastic bookmark would be an excellent gift. It was quick and simple enough for kids to make too.  They could make one as a gift for a teacher, librarian or a grandparent.



See how to make the bookmark here.



Don't forget to visit my 12 Days of Christmas gift bags over at Skip to My Lou.





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