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Reading, Planting and Growing are Themes for Children’s Read Aloud

Reading, Planting and Growing are Themes for Children’s Read Aloud

NORFOLK, Neb. – There was something for children of all ages recently during a Children’s Read Aloud.

The book reading and plant sharing event held at Union 73 on Thursday, Feb. 29, included about 30 children with parents. Everyone was invited to wear pajamas and several children – and a few adults – did just that. 

The event featured Northeast Early Childhood Education students reading The Bad Seed in small groups, with children then getting their own sunflower seeds, potting soil and clay pot to plant their own seed. The event concluded with students getting an opportunity to interact with Jazzy, the Northeast mascot.  

Finally, children received a Northeast bag that contained a copy of their own book, The Bad Seed, a bookmark listing more good children’s books to read, bedtime snacks, and a balloon animal. 

The event was provided by the Early Childhood Education Club and the Northeast Library, which features a seed library where students and staff may get and share seeds. 

Lisa Guenther, Northeast early childhood instructor and Early Childhood Education Club sponsor, said she and the students were pleased with the turnout. 

“We had a fun time and some positive comments. The activities and book reading help to provide growing opportunities for the children and our students. It demonstrates how a simple activity can be a learning experience and fun time.  This is also part of Read Across America, celebrating Dr. Seuss’s birthday.” 

The event was part of the Seed Library Innovation Mini Grant project written by Jen Ippensen, Tee Bush and Lisa Guenther. 

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Emberlyn Cooper plants her seeds after the Read Aloud event.