Celebration honoured. This is the loveliest of reasons to share. Join Ruth Ayres who shares a Celebration Link up on her blog each week.
This week I am celebrating my young readers and writers. They are learning to express opinions, celebrating writing they love and savouring reading experiences. Sharing a few moments here:
1. I am currently reading Rump by Liesl Shurtliff to my students. Students adore this book wholly and completely.
Proof #1: I have to reread parts aloud to students at recess, after school, during playtime, etc. if someone happened to be out of the room when we read aloud that day.
“I missed the last part of the chapter when my Mom picked me up early, can you read it to me this morning?”
Proof #2: I finished our chapter seconds before the 3:00 bell the other day and one child grabbed the book to her chest. “Please can I hug it now?!” she swooned.
Proof #3: Very little can cause silence in my classroom. When I start reading this book aloud, magical silence descends.
2. We often talk about what happens when we put the the right book in the hands of a reader. I realized this week that sometimes this magic also happens when we match the right readers together to share some great books. Every week, we have buddy reading with the K/1 class. While we assign buddies for the day, they might be different each week. This little moment captured in the photo below made me realize that sometimes, we can also find the right buddy match. I think I will be making this match again.
3. I often ask students for perspective statements when I know that anxiety might rise around regular things that happen throughout the day. Often when I booktalk new books, many children decide that their day will be ruined if they do not get to be the first one to read a particular book. When you are seven, eight and nine, big drama happens over many things. While I appreciate the book love, the upset does nothing for classroom climate or individual well being. So now I ask for perspective statements. It goes something like this.
Me: “Not everyone can be first to read these new books. Can anyone share a perspective statement?”
“Maybe you can be the one to read it next?”
“I can ask to read it after.”
“We have a room full of books.”
“We’ve got a whole year left to read everything we want.”
I smile with each little share. Students also do this to facilitate solving things:
4. I have a some major Shel Silverstein fans in my classroom. They have bookmarked favourite poems and read aloud to each other in Reading Workshop. I haven’t been sharing much poetry lately and certainly haven’t read Silverstein aloud more than twice all year. This is all about independently discovering great writing, being inspired and sharing the #booklove.
5. I read The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig to my class this week. I am working on a blog post to try and capture the insightful comments and the writing shared. It was a pretty powerful read aloud session. This picture below says a lot.
“Can I read it to myself now?”
6. Every week we write book reviews for new books that weekly guest readers bring in to share with us. We rate the books out of 5 and share our thinking. One of my little writers gave a book a 2/5 and told me she didn’t have much to say. I asked her to explain her lower than average rating and she gave me a little look like I had just given her permission for something she thought she wasn’t allowed to do. Here is what she then added to her review:
It was nice but not that exciting. The problem is too easily solved. I would like to read a story with not a really happy ending sometimes.
I feel lucky every week to be in a room of readers and writers that are growing in amazing ways.
Wishing everyone a wonderful week!
You are such a good teacher. I am soooo lucky to be in your room helping to support your learners! You do amazing work with them! You definitely have a lot to celebrate each week! I am amazed what you get out of them even on a Friday afternoon! Xo
This is pretty much the loveliest comment ever. High praise and I’ll take it after some of the drama this week! Always, the amazing outweighs everything else. I do feel lucky truly to share some amazing literacy moments with you and these children every week!
Carrie, my favourite post to date. Perspective and the ability to see through another’s eyes is something dear to my heart. Kudos for providing your students with a warm, safe environment in which to do so.
Wow. Thank you Vicki! These children are pretty amazing! It is an honour to highlight how they inspire me here. 🙂
You know me well, Carrie, and how much I do love hearing all about the reading and book love happening in your room. Love the pics, too. Our buddies stay together all year, so it’s interesting that you switch. And, I’m envious that you have the privilege of reading Rump aloud to a class. I did adore that book, & am so happy your students are loving it too! Have a great rest of the weekend!
Thanks Linda – we switch because of irregular attendance, moods, and other reasons – some weeks some kids aren’t up to being a buddy. But I also like switching matches around – it is amazing to see what different children bring out in each other.
Ha! Seeing that sticky note made me laugh. We do the same thing in 4th grade. I loved Rump and am considering a read aloud of it later this year.
It’s a fantastic choice as a read aloud! Lots of fun to read aloud and so much suspense and intrigue.
So exciting to see such a love of books in your room. All the excitement and passion around reading you are fostering in your book talks and read alouds shows up in their reactions. Even their “drama” is due to #booklove. The negative reviewer says a lot too: you have a critical consumer there!
Thanks Julianne Some of our drama is around book passion that’s for sure. We do have a lot of other drama too though! Some days . . . All the more reason to celebrate all that is going well! It is quite delightful how excited my students are about books. Proof that #booklove is contagious!
I loved reading your post and just seeing the power of books to connect and transform in action!
Thanks so much Earl! Much appreciated.
You have a wonderful community of readers!
Thank you Crystal! I think so!