Let's delve into word play as this is an often overlooked school readiness skill. Words in Green Eggs and Ham provide a starting point for adding initial consonants to words like am (called the rime). Children can say and point to the words am, Sam, ham. They can cover up the initial consonants (onsets) in Sam and ham to see the little word (rime) am in these words.
Other words like Pam, yam, tam, jam, and ram can be made.* Print these on foldable tagboard so you can have children fold the onset in and out to say the words. See the photo below.
|Encourage children to fold these sections back and forth, saying the words, am, Sam and am, ham.|
Of course, the best part of a Dr. Seuss celebration is reading his books with lots of expression. This sets the stage for fluency...and love of reading!
NAEYC - 2.E.04, 2.E.06, & 2.E.07.
Head Start - VII.A., VII.B. & VII.C.
*Some children may say, dam, with a sly smile. We suggest simply accepting the word and saying, "Oh yes, beavers can make a dam in a river." Case closed as long as you do not overreact!