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Dr. Seuss is on the loose at Soboba Tribal Preschool

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Kindergarten students are all decked out in Cat in the Hat outfits on the classroom’s bulletin board in celebration of all things Dr. Seuss.

The students and teachers at Soboba Tribal Preschool on the Soboba Indian Reservation started off the month of March by celebrating Dr. Seuss Day. They plan to continue the festivities during the week of March 11-15 as they have special days to salute Seuss. In between, the school will be hosting its annual Scholastic Book Fair, with lots of Dr. Seuss titles for sale.

Kindergartners Tuukut Silvas, left and Marla Bigsby enjoy sharing a book during Dr. Seuss Day at the Soboba Tribal Preschool, March 1.

Theodor Seuss Geisel, known as Dr. Seuss, was born on March 2, 1904, and his first children’s book “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street” was published in 1937. The author and illustrator, a favorite among young readers for his deft use of nonsense words, playful rhymes, and unusual characters, was celebrated by Soboba’s young students on Friday, March 1.

Loovi Burton shares a craft sample she and her pre-K classmates are working on during Dr. Seuss Day, March 1.

The preschoolers did crafts centered around “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish” which was released in 1960. Pre-kindergarten students listened to a book edited by Dr. Seuss and written by Robert Lopshire called “Put Me In the Zoo” about a polka dotted leopard who could change his spots. Afterwards they broke into small groups to do crafts. One was to make their own spotted leopard. Another group make Truffula trees out of marshmallows, similar to the ones found in “The Lorax” and the final group colored red and white striped hats just like the one worn by “The Cat in the Hat.”

Oranges made to resemble The Lorax are just one of the festive treats that kindergartners enjoyed during Dr. Seuss Day at the Soboba Tribal Preschool.

Kindergarten students were kept busy with many STEM activities that involved mathematics and building. There was a table full of outlines of characters from various Seuss books for the children to color and they had to cut out red and white rectangles of different sizes to create their own hats.

Gabriel Herrera, left and Ignacio Alcala count and stack mini cups during some STEM activity free time in their kindergarten classroom.

Snacks fit right into the theme as they enjoyed Dr. Seuss juice, Lorax oranges, green Grinch grapes, and Cat in the Hat kabobs made with layers of white bananas and red strawberry slices.

Kindergartners are welcomed to their classroom by one of the most famous Dr. Seuss characters, the Cat in the Hat. The school will continue the celebration of all things Seuss during the week of March 11-15.

The Dr. Seuss Silly Week promises to be very entertaining as the students are asked to participate in the following ways. Monday, March 11, is “I Am Not Going to Get Up Today” where kids are encouraged to wear their pajamas to school.  Tuesday will celebrate “Fox in Socks” while kids wear whatever silly socks they want to wear. Wednesday will be “Wacky Wednesday” and kids can wear mismatched clothes, fix their hair in a crazy style or express themselves in whatever creative way they want. Thursday is all things “Cat In the Hat” and students are encouraged to wear something with stripes or a favorite hat. For “Green Eggs and Ham” Friday kids will wear something colored green and be treated to actual green eggs and ham by the school chef during their nutrition break.

After making Thing 1 and Thing 2 hats earlier in the day, kindergarten students cut out red and white rectangles to assemble a striped hat like the one worn by Dr. Suess’ Cat in the Hat character.

For more information on the upcoming book fair, please visit, https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/content/fairs/home.html. More on the Soboba Tribal Preschool can be found at https://preschool.soboba-nsn.gov.

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