The Monday Musical series is a weekly feature on the blog each Monday. It details the musical we listened to the previous week, along with any additional resources we used or go-along activities we completed.
Rationale and Goals:
I decided to start listening to musicals with Luke (age 4) and Lilah (age 2) because they LOVE music and they LOVE stories, so musicals combine the best of both worlds. I think it’s never too early to start developing “well-roundedness” and a little culture. Plus, I think in addition to giving them an appreciation for music, it will also help increase their listening attention spans and comprehension. Not to mention, I personally haven’t listened to very many musicals myself, so it’ll be educational for me as well.
My goal is to listen to a new musical with the kids each week. We probably won’t listen to the full musical every day during the week, but the plan is to hear it at least a few times so that it starts to become familiar. While we will sometimes do other activities along with the musical, our main goal will really be just to listen. I am honestly really looking forward to our musical adventures to come! 🙂
For week #5, we listened to Seussical the Musical.
Our family loves all things Dr. Seuss, so we were super excited to discover this musical! Once we got into it, we found there were LOTS of associated Dr. Seuss books we’d never read, so we spent TWO weeks reading, listening, and learning with Seuss!
If you have a Seuss fan in your house, you definitely don’t want to miss this!
Introducing the Musical:
To introduce the musical this week, I simply told the children that we were about to listen to a musical based on some Dr. Seuss books. Of course, they already know Dr. Seuss well from favorites like Green Eggs and Ham, The Cat in the Hat, and The Lorax, so they were excited. When listening to the musical for the first time, L&L really liked hearing about characters they were familiar with, but we quickly found there were lots of characters with which we weren’t familiar at all! After we finished listening, I knew we had some work to do!
The Rest of the Week:
I immediately set out to find out more about Seussical the Musical. I found these two websites extremely helpful: MTI: Seussical (this one gives you a very thorough synopsis of the musical) and Broadway Musical Home: Seussical (this one gives a very short synopsis and lists the books on which the musical is based). I was totally shocked to find there were lots of Dr. Seuss books listed that we had NEVER read and a bunch we had never even heard of! I looked them up on Amazon thinking I’d purchase the 9 or so we didn’t have, but even used, Dr. Seuss books are pretty expensive, so I resorted to the library instead. We weren’t able to get EVERY book listed, but we did get most of them, and a couple of them turned out to be real favorites! I’ll probably end up buying those to add to our home collection just because they were so great! I can’t believe we’d never heard of them before!!! Once we had our big collection of Dr. Seuss books, we did lots of reading and lots of listening to the musical. It all started making more sense…well, as much sense as Dr. Seuss can make, I guess! 😉
L&L enjoyed pointing out when they would hear familiar characters talking in the musical. They also liked to do their own interpretive dance moves to the music. I really enjoyed the fact that we were tying in all the books and stories we were reading to the music we were listening to!
Dr. Seuss Books Referenced in Seussical the Musical:
- Horton Hears a Who!
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas
- The Lorax
- Green Eggs and Ham
- Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories
- Horton Hatches the Egg
- I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew
- McElligot’s Pool
- Hunches in Bunches
- If I Ran the Circus
- The Butter Battle Book
- Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!
- The Cat in the Hat
- The Sneetches and Other Stories
- Did I Ever Tell YOu How Lucky YOu Are?
- Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
- One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish
I don’t know that L&L really had a specific favorite song from Seussical, but their favorite parts were about Horton the elephant, and there are LOTS of those!
- I plan to continue to play this musical for L&L on occasion.
- I plan to add some of the Dr. Seuss books that we really enjoyed from the library to our home collection: I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew — Luke really got the hidden message in this one; I was shocked! — and McElligot’s Pool.
- We’d also like to read the titles we weren’t able to get in time for this post: The Butter Battle book and Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?
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