High school education students used a day focused on reading and Dr. Seuss to put on tall hats and show children the joy of reading.
It was an easy sell.
Twenty-two first- and second-year Practicum of Education and Training students from the Killeen ISD Career Center provided Seuss-inspired lessons to 14 classes of pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students at Iduma Elementary School.
Children walked into the school library and received a hat to wear.
High school students dressed as Seuss characters read to them, played games connected to reading and made shakers and books with the young students.
Tina Tamplen, the Career Center education teacher, said her students came up with lessons that address a range of learning styles, collaborating together to create reading activities.
“This is a good experience for us to interact with kids and they get more into reading,” said senior Jayna Pangelinan. “They realize how fun reading is.”
Senior Ricardo Lenoir wore the Cat in the Hat suit. He said the furry outfit and white makeup were hot, but that the day was inspiring.
“They are very energetic. It’s exciting and fun,” he said. “I like making the kids happy, making them laugh and smile.”
Children made shakers with paper plates and beans. They also decorated booklets, which education student Lance Dugger created for them.
The noisy shaker, drawing, writing and listening addressed various auditory, visual and tactile learning styles.
“We wanted to make sure kids are getting hands-on learning because they get bored pretty easily,” Pangelinan said. “We had to think about learning styles when we planned the day.”
The high school students spend part of their class time in elementary or middle schools to learn alongside teachers.
“You have to keep them excited,” said Pangelinan, who has worked with students at Patterson Middle School. “You have to be just as excited as they are.”
“It prepares me for teaching,” said Lenoir, who has been helping with second-graders at Reeces Creek Elementary School this semester. “It helps me figure out how to work with kids.”
“They had fun today,” he said of the Seuss lessons at Iduma. “They all enjoyed the Cat in the Hat.”
Theodor Geisel, known as Dr. Seuss, was born March 2, 1904, and died in 1991. The National Education Association sponsors Read Across America during the week of the birthday celebration.