This is a wonderful post on the importance of reading for children and on excellence in teaching!
Independent reading. SSR. Call it what you like. It is crossing over from learning to read words, to learning to read. Parents and teachers alike take a deep breath and clasp their hands together when this happens. There are no words to say. Words might spoil the moment. After all, major milestones don’t happen often.
Look what happened!
I was busy in the classroom, working with children on a 100-piece puzzle. Things were bustling yet quiet. I looked over at the big rug and saw children dragging chairs. Little did I know that they wanted to arrange chairs in order to read books. After they set up chairs on the rug, they went for the books. Then they sat down, together, to read independently.
These are young children who cannot read, yet that is exactly what they are doing. Babies hear words; that’s how they learn to talk. …
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