First Grade enjoyed celebrating Read Across America and Dr. Seuss' birthday during the last week of February. The week included special days inspired by Dr. Seuss books. We had crazy sock day, positive message day, hat day, dress as your favorite book character day and pajama day. All students in the school had a chance to drop everything and read in the hallway at the end of the week.
Read Across America week was a wonderful time for us to use Dr. Seuss' books to practice phonics skills that students should master by the end of first grade. One of our first grade reading foundation standards is for students to "demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables and sounds (phonemes)." This means students will "spell simple words phonetically, drawing on knowledge of sound-letter relationships, spell untaught words phonetically, drawing on knowledge of phonemic awareness and spelling conventions, and use conventional spelling for words with common spelling patterns, and for frequently occurring grade appropriate irregular words." Students practiced these skills during Read Across America week using Dr. Seuss books, and during writing time when we wrote about Dr. Seuss books. You can help your child practice these skills during nightly homework.