Lloyd kindergartners, grandparents honor Dr. Seuss


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Neighbors | Sarah Foor .A few Lloyd kindergartners hid their mischief behind the Grinch masks they colored during their March 4 event.

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Cynthia Ricci (left) said she has happy to visit her grandson Nick Tibolla because he is usually the one visiting her.

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While working on literacy games, Nathan Cain (left) and his grandfather Thurl worked better when they were cuddled in closely.

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Tyson Ciccarelli (right) tried some green eggs and ham during the March 4 event, but his granddad Ted Scott decided to abstain.

By SARAH FOOR

sfoor@vindy.com

Along with many other area schools, Lloyd Elementary kindergartners celebrated the birthday of author Dr. Seuss during the first week of March. However, Lloyd added a twist to its celebrations by inviting grandparents to join in.

“Yes, there is definitely a lot going on today,” admitted Lloyd principal Tom Lenton.

Along with the birthday party and grandparents day, the kindergartners and their important elders enjoyed stations of math and literacy games, a Dr. Seuss story time, and a meal of green eggs and ham.

“All the busyness is just allowing our students to engage with their grandparent or special adult. We hope both parties leave today cherishing a great memory,” added Lenton.

Many of the visiting grandparents were surprised that the kindergartners were already enjoying Dr. Seuss.

“Most Dr. Seuss books are for more advanced readers, but that doesn’t mean our students don’t enjoy them,” explained kindergarten teacher Robin Speece. “We have some students who can’t read yet, but have already memorized all the words of his books!”

Speece shared that the kindergarten teachers are using Seuss’s skills in rhyme in their classrooms.

“Rhyming is a wonderful tool for beginning readers. In recent lessons, we’ve left phrases open and asked the kids to try their own rhyming words. I think Seuss’s imaginative skills rub off on our students,” she said.

However, for most of the guests, the event was about seeing where the Lloyd kindergartners learn so much.

Cynthia Ricci visited her only grandson, Nick Tibolla, at Lloyd that day.

“Nick is usually the one visiting me,” explained Ricci. “He’s glad for the change of scenery and that he gets to show me his stomping grounds.

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