Sunday, April 7, 2013

Courage - The World According to Theodor Seuss Geisel Part II



 "A person's a person, no matter how small."
Dr. Seuss, Horton Hears a Who!

In the beloved Dr. Seuss story, Horton Hears a Who!, we learn that to be truly courageous we must do more than face our fears.  Like Horton's example, we must bravely face our fears, dangers, and oppositions, but do so wisely, at the right time, and for the right reasons. 

Horton displays courage when he stands up for the Whos, a civilization of tiny people living on a dust speck whom none of the other animals can hear.  
 What is this courageous wisdom?
Horton Hears a Who! is a "Just What I Need" book right now in my professional life.  I am having difficulty defending decisions that are being made at the institutional level.    I know I can learn from Horton who defended the Whos.  He knew he was doing the right thing for the Whos and for himself. Should I take this risk to defend my position or is it time to retreat?  I need to be as courageous and wise as Horton!
 So after reading Horton Hears a Who! and looking for your wise courage, perhaps you might like to try some of these fun ideas.
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This website includes discussions questions, biography sites, vocabulary, graphic organizers, movie sites, crafts, and fun activities.

Horton's Ears
Of course, we know that Horton had the most sensitive ears and therefore could hear the tiny Whos.  This adorable and delicious recipe for Elephant's Ears from Allrecipes is fun for children to make and eat! 


Who Specks
Horton's famous line "A person is a person, no matter how small", can give children inspiration to acknowledge small acts of kindness.    Children would be happy to make the pom-poms and then award them!

Speck Lab
 I love this project because you can use it to promote so many different skills.  Children examine various pom-poms looking for "Whos" that may live there.  Young children can practice sorting with the different color pom-poms and work on fine motor skills by using tweezers.  We can introduce to students the steps of conducting a scientific experiment and the tools we use.  And of course, it is just plain FUN!
Adopt a Baby Elephant  Save an Elephant
Just as Horton wanted to save the "Whos", we can do the same for creatures who need our help.  The National Wildlife Federation has a program to adopt wild animals, including elephants like Horton.

 "ASAP. Whatever that means. 
It must mean, 'Act Swiftly Awesome Pacyderm!'”  
Dr. Seuss, Horton Hears a Who!

Have you ever called upon your Wise Courage?  
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  1. Adorable! I'll share this with my granddaughter. Thanks!

  2. We are so glad you will share! This is such a wonderful story for the little ones!

  3. This is such a fabulous idea! I'm going to do this with my son. I've also pinned this onto my Pinterst board, Toddlertopia. Thank you so much for submitting this recipe to the Tasty Tuesday's link party! :) This week's link party has just been submitted, so please come back and link up with us; we'd love to have you!