The topic this week for the World Read Aloud Day (WRAD) blogging challenge is: What is your earliest or fondest memory in which someone read aloud to you?
It’s hard for me to remember my earliest read-aloud experiences, because my mom and dad read aloud to me from the time I was a baby. I feel so blessed to have been surrounded by books all my life, and to have parents who were readers themselves. As a young child, I read aloud to my dolls, my cat, and my baby brother. I was raised in a home where sharing books was an everyday part of life.
A more specific memory is of my 2nd grade teacher, Mrs. Holden, reading aloud to our class. I loved Mrs. Holden; she was young and pretty, she wore fashionable clothes and shoes, and she was so kind and funny! She read many books to us, but the one that stands out in my mind is Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White. Every day after lunch she would perch on her stool, facing us as we sat in our desks, and read to us about Fern and Wilbur and Charlotte and that nasty yet strangely fascinating rat, Templeton. When Wilbur received his special award at the fair, we all rejoiced; and when Charlotte died alone, we all cried together. I don’t remember any of the phonics worksheets I completed that year, but I will never forget that special reading time.
As teachers we need to remember that it’s not enough just to teach kids how to read; we need to teach, model, and promote a love reading as well, because there may not be anyone at home who is doing that for our students!
It just so happens that World Read Aloud Day is on March 5 this year, which is the day that our school is celebrating Read Across America Day. Therefore, our read-alouds will all be Dr. Seuss books! In addition to teachers reading, we’ll be bringing in guest readers from the community, and we hope to bring in some middle school students to share books with some of our elementary kids. It’s a half day of school for us, and we plan to make it a pajama day for our students and have read-in sessions throughout the school. What could be more fun?!?