Dr. Seuss and a fireman do not seem like they go together, but at Temple Tots, that’s exactly what happened recently.
But on this day – not a day of “I can read with my eyes shut” – a reading of one of Dr. Seuss’ best stories was presented to the children at Temple Tots of Portsmouth.
But where does the fireman come in?
The children were completing their Dr. Seuss Week with a reading Friday by a first responder from the Portsmouth Fire Department.
Alexander Hamilton, from the PFD, read “The Cat in the Hat” by Dr. Seuss to the 3- to 5-year-olds as part of the Temple Tots’ Dr. Seuss emphasis. “It was a lot of fun,” Hamilton said, admitting he didn’t know he was visiting Temple Tots until he walked into work and was sent to read to the children.
The little ones were very attentive as he read, and they seemed to enjoy his reading to them. Robin Storey, teacher for the 4-year-olds, said they had the fireman Friday because it was Dr. Seuss’ birthday.
Temple Tots director is Caroline King, who also teaches the other 4-year-old class, but was not in attendance that day. But Storey pointed out, “This is the first time we have had the firemen come and read to the kids.”
Like many of the Scioto County schools this past week, Temple Tots spent the week celebrating Dr. Seuss. Storey said Thursday was Green Eggs and Ham Day, they had a Silly Socks Day on Wednesday, Pajama Day was before that and Friday was Hat Day. The children wore all kinds of hats for the special day. One of the teacher’s aides let the kids pick different hats to wear for a photo taken by her. They were especially excited about getting to do that with her, but they were taking turns very well.
Storey said the group has a lot of fun, but the children are also apparently well disciplined and well behaved due to their structured classrooms. “They are very observant, but a real good group, and they really enjoy this,” Storey says.
“Leigh Stewart is the 3-year-olds’ teacher, and we have two aides to assist in our classrooms – Brooke Phillips and Davida Pennington – and two others that come in later in the day. Having this kind of help makes things go smoother,” Storey says.
Whether it be left hand, right foot or right hand, left foot, the children at Temple Tots had a wonderful week of learning about and listening to Dr. Seuss and his wonderful world of reading.
Reach Kimberly Jenkins at 740-353-3101 ext. 1928