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Green Eggs and Ham are Great if You are Hungry to Read

Updated on May 10, 2015

What started as a fun book to read turned into a great learning tool

That's right I remember hearing this book read to me as a kid. Then reading it to myself and then to my little sisters. Years later getting married and reading Many Dr. Seuss books to my kids. And then hearing them read them back to me.

But as of late this has turned into a great reading aid for our youngest child. You see there was a list of words that the school wanted him to learn this past year at school. And my wife looked over two books and found that most of them were in this one and the rest were in a second book.

So we both sat down at different times and helped our youngest read through these books. So what started as fun was a great learning aid. And I did not realize it until the need brought it up to us and the book was just waiting there on our book shelf for the next generation to read. It and improve their reading skills without knowing they w.ere doing so..

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When using a specific book as a learning aid - Don't tell the kids that is why they are reading that book

From the book
From the book

We have let our son know that there were two books that could help him to read. Combined they had all the words that were on the list. This did not encourage him to want to read those books. Others that he picked out were OK to read though.

Also any books that were about things he liked also made the reading list. For him it was usually books about super heroes such as Iron Man or the Green Lantern or his other favorite the Transformers.

All books that encourage a child to read are good to have on hand but ones that contain required words are also good to have in the mix. You might be able to say if you read one of the required readings then you can read one of your other favorites. Or even a 2:1 ratio of two fun books to one required book.

Either way you look at it, your kids are reading and you should encourage them. And remember not all kids start to enjoy reading at the same time as others.

Green Eggs and Ham - Read by Tim Tebow

Other Ways to help your kids to read

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Place the words that your kids need to learn on flash cards. It helped me when I was a kid and it has helps my son now.Lay the words out on the floor and have them step from one to the other pronouncing the words as they do so.As stated above Read books that your kids pick out and want to read.
Place the words that your kids need to learn on flash cards. It helped me when I was a kid and it has helps my son now.
Place the words that your kids need to learn on flash cards. It helped me when I was a kid and it has helps my son now.
Lay the words out on the floor and have them step from one to the other pronouncing the words as they do so.
Lay the words out on the floor and have them step from one to the other pronouncing the words as they do so.
As stated above Read books that your kids pick out and want to read.
As stated above Read books that your kids pick out and want to read.

When it comes to Green Eggs and Ham - Or Any other Dr. Seuss Book

What is your reason for reading them?

I am reading for the fun of it

I am reading for the fun of it

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    • Pat Goltz 3 years ago

      Green Eggs and Ham was the first Dr. Seuss book I read. I was getting a permanent at the time (boredom city, horrible fumes to breathe) and I just about laughed myself silly.

    • jennabeezer 3 years ago

      My daughter is a bit young to be learning to read, so we read them just for the fun of it! She enjoys the rhymes and the colorful pictures. I AM a bit stumped though sometimes when she asks "what's that?" I reply, "Why, that's a sneetch, a thneed, a jibboo, and so on...". I suppose the make-believe aspect is just one more thing that makes Dr. Seuss' books so entertaining!

    I am reading them more as an education tool

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          Pat Goltz 3 years ago

          I think Tim Tebow is great. I would like to see him take a class in interpretive reading aloud, but it certainly is a good idea to use a role model like that to encourage reading Dr. Seuss' silly and wholesome books.