Today was the Read Across America celebration day in our elementary schools. I was asked to be a guest reader at one of our buildings. I donned a “Thing Mom”Dr. Seuss shirt for my reading assignment in Kindergarten. It was actually the first time that I “dressed up” in a Dr. Seuss “costume” for work. Being a former high school English teacher, I have not had many opportunities to participate in pajama days or holiday dress days. I don’t have holiday sweaters and only got my first Halloween socks a few years ago.
I read the book The Best Place to Read by Debbie Bertram and Susan Bloom. The teacher graciously introduced me to the class during his morning meeting. When I came into the room, the students smiled and began joining me on the carpet. I don’t usually sit on the floor with students. I like the structure of a table and chairs. But this morning, I sat on the carpet with the students as they gathered for the read-aloud. One girl asked, “Why aren’t you sitting in the chair of honor?” I laughed and said I wanted to be close to them.
The book was funny and had great “reading opportunities” – onomatopoeia and dialogue. The students enjoyed it. They interjected with a few comments while we were reading. Afterwards, I had them talk with a partner about where the boy in the book felt was best place to read, why a mom’s (or dad’s) lap would be a wonderful place to read, and what their own favorite place to read was. We talked for just a few minutes. I thanked them for letting me visit. They gave me a “super reader salute.” It was the perfect start to a wonderful day.