Are you as bummed by the whole "crack down" of Seuss freebies as I am? Man.....I love Seuss and so do the kids, but unfortunately the Seuss company is not playing nice. Many bloggers have been told to take down any items or even freebies referencing Seuss or using "like-characters". I totally understand the Seuss company not wanting others to make money off his books and characters, but not even freebies??? That is not very teacher or kid-friendly. I mean teachers and kids are what made Seuss' books popular and loved the world over. We create wonderful classroom displays, envelope our students in his words and language play, and have such fun.....but that has all came to an end.
As a teacher, I will no longer celebrate Seuss and his books in my classroom. They are all gone! I will not celebrate his birthday or do other fun stuff in the name of Seuss. Now, at first blush that may seem ugly, but there are soooo many wonderful authors out there that WANT kids and teachers using their materials and give us at least some leeway to create free items to help other teachers and kids have fun with their books. Seuss company has decided not to do that. They have a complete right as it is copyrighted. But......then, I, as a teacher, have a complete right to banish their materials from my classroom. I will instead turn March into a celebration of other deserving authors.
This is bad for the Seuss company. I mean....to use any of the materials that used to be available you had to have the books, right? How much money did that company make from teachers and parents that were spurred to buy books because the kids fell in love with them at school? Plus, there were so many opportunities for the company to make even more money.....they had an army of teachers working in their favor. Ok, 'nuff said....it's over. I am over it!
I have re-done some of my former "Seuss" freebies. They were originally free and are still free. I have taken any reference to Seuss out and I have made sure there are no infringements of the company's copyright -- just fun, silly activities for those of you who choose to continue to use Seuss in your classroom. Of course, the great thing is....if you are boycotting Seuss like me, you can still use them too!
Here is one of the totally un-Seuss freebies:
It's a word wall game. I hope you like it!!
Here is another one along the same lines that you make like. It's a real word/nonsense word sort. I know many of us are working on that lately.
I do have one more that I am working on and will get that to you as soon as I am finished updating it!