Thursday, March 03, 2011

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

I was helping out at my boys' school this morning and got to take a peek at the Seuss Cafe. This thing sounded cute when I first read the information sheet my 5th grader brought home. But it was even better than I expected--totally stinking adorable, and fun, and just so sweet to see in person.
Seuss Cafe 3
This is the entry arch, photo taken from the inside. (It's really small.) They had the main library lights off and this sheer fabric hung from the ceiling around a center "cafe" area. Twinkle lights and bobbly Seuss-like things were hanging down too. Tables were set up with tablecloths, centerpieces, and menus. 
Seuss Cafe 1
The fifth graders wore white shirts and dark pants and were given Dr. Seuss hats and bow ties to wear when they worked their shifts at the Cafe. They presented the kids with the menu and while the kids who were being read to picked out their choice of story, the 5th grader went and got them a cookie. Then the 5th grader got the book and read out loud. All the kindergarten through 4th grade students got to participate in this over 4 days this week.
Seuss Cafe 2
This is my 5th grader reading Arnie, the Doughnut to a first-grader.

I love that my kids' school encourages reading the way they do (we keep track of minutes read, and they can read anything they want, for a fun yearly challenge) and that this event was part of their commitment to making reading fun!

6 comments:

A.J. Dub. said...

What a fun idea!

Dielle said...

Wow, so much fun!!! Looks amazing!

L Johnson said...

That is awesome!

Laura said...

What an awesome idea. Seeing children read to other children melts my heart. Love the picture of your little guy doing just that.

Kristy said...

Arnie the Doughnut is awesome. What a great event!

Angie Allen said...

Oh my! This is fantastic! What a fabulous idea. I love when a child's love of reading comes to life. This is something that will stick with them for a lifetime. Amazing.