This Dr. Seuss classic is such a delight! Some of the children were familiar with this story as they had seen the movie. They knew it had a happy ending and that the grumpy Grinch would find the spirit of Christmas!
The Grinch lived on top a hill which looked down on the town of Whoville! The Whos loved Christmas and every year for the last 53 years the Grinch cringed every time the season came around. “Then he got an idea. An awful idea. The Grinch got a wonderful, awful idea” He decided that he would take Christmas away. He would dress up like Santa and instead of delivering presents he would go down the chimney and remove all things "Christmas" from every house in Whoville! "And the one speck of food that he left in the house was a crumb that was even too small for a mouse. Then he did the same thing to the other Whos' houses: leaving crumbs much too small for the other Whos' mouses! "
But alas, even though the Grinch had taken everything Christmas away he found that the Whos still had their cheer. "But this... this sound wasn't sad. Why... this sound sounded glad. Every Who down in Whoville, the tall and the small, was singing, without *any* presents at all! He hadn't stopped Christmas from coming, it *came*! Somehow or other... it came just the same."
The story ends with the great lesson that "Maybe Christmas...doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps... means a little bit more!"
The children loved hearing about the Grinch's change of heart. They were excited to know that the Grinch would finally enjoy Christmas.
After story time we did our learning is fun exercise, went outside for a little play and then went straight to pizza and a movie! Of course we watched How the Grinch Stole Christmas (cartoon version) and Horton Hears a Who! The children were then treated to face painting while I put their learning exercises together in a little keepsake book.
Each child received a hard covered copy of the book Oh the Things You Can Think by Dr. Seuss.
I cannot end these series of posts without giving thanks to Aunty Christianna and Aunty Summer for all their hard work and assistance during this last week! They were simply awesome! Thank You!
Thank You also to all the parents who chose The Reading Garden to entertain their children for the week! ALL the children were exceptional and I enjoyed every one of them!
Here are some pictures.