2011-04-07 / Top Stories

Dr. Seuss Classics Read At Early Childhood Center Opening


First grader (left) watches as staff developers, principal and Parent Corps member prepare to cut ribbon to formally open new childhood center. First grader (left) watches as staff developers, principal and Parent Corps member prepare to cut ribbon to formally open new childhood center. The magic and wonder of Dr. Seuss kicked off last month’s opening of the new PS/IS 66 Early Childhood Center.

Housed in the early childhood wing of the East 96th Street school, the center is the creative collaboration between the school’s faculty members and Parent Corps, an early childhood Program of New York University. Together they planned and designed the space to provide students with “hands-on” explorations as a basis for positive learning activities.

The ribbon cutting ceremony was held the day before the 104th birthday of renowned children’s author Theodor Seuss Geisel, widley known as Dr. Seuss.

Early childhood staff developer Rose Naccarato, Language Arts staff developer Rena Varela, and Parent Corps’ Katherine Rosenblatt held a morning of spectacular activities to commemorate the special day with each first grade class treated to a dramatic reading of a Dr. Seuss classic.


Principal Jackson reads to attentive first graders. 
Photos by Mark Dunaway Principal Jackson reads to attentive first graders. Photos by Mark Dunaway Principal Lucille Jackson led off the program with a recollection of some of her travels and an inviting reading of “Oh, the Places I’ll Go.”

Former PS/IS Principal Joel Rubenfeld gave a rhythmical reading of the classic “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.”

The tongue-twister “Fox in Socks” was read by Naccarato and Varela.

Each class participated in reading, writing, and art projects in response to the book that they had heard. Their writing and art projects were then posted around the new early childhood center.

This celebration kicks off the start of monthly special activities which will be featured in the Early Childhood Center.

In the new Math Center students can discover algebraic skills through the use of building blocks. They will also have the opportunity to investigate properties of water at the water table. These investigations lead to a better understanding of scientific concepts, with the excitement youngsters experience as they observe objects sinking and floating!

“Students will also be able to build upon life skills as they work together toward a common goal through play in a structured setting,” remarked Naccarato. “The opportunities it brings for individual selfgrowth are endless!”

Jackson added, “We are thrilled to be able to provide our eager students with such a dynamic environment. Ms. Naccarato, Ms. Varela, and Ms. Rosenblatt have done a splendid job bringing the new Early Childhood Center to life.”

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