Celebrate with Ruth Ayres @ ruth ayres writes …. because, we need to celebrate moments in our lives every chance we get!
This week, I celebrate my students and the way in which they chose to mark World Read Aloud Day. My original plan had been to finish our class read aloud of Susan Ross’ Kiki & Jacques, which my kids have been clamoring for. But then, as often happens in our classroom, my kids had their own idea: You read aloud to us all the time, Mrs. Smith, how about WE read aloud to US?
So that is what we did.
From Monday through Thursday (for one of the hundred and one reasons I mentioned above, we could not celebrate WRAD on the actual day), my kids were busy selecting favorite picture books from days gone by, and coming up with ideas of their own: writing short stories, a corny joke book, and even a graphic novel about life in sixth grade. They worked enthusiastically, and independently. I watched, amazed by their focused energy: this was their event, and they owned the entire process.
On Friday, we gathered at our reading area, settled into comfy spaces, and shared. We laughed (Mo Willems), we were moved (Patricia Polacco), and we were impressed (student authors). We loved the variety of voices, the sense of shared stories and experiences, the collective warmth of our community. It was glorious.