A Fun Morning Reading to the Kids at Deer Park Elementary
Okay, so, yeah, I missed Reading Across America Day. By, like, more than a month. But I read all the time. And so do the kids at Deer Park Elementary.
So while there is a special day, EVERY day is a good day to go read to the kids.
Wednesday morning, I spent some time at Deer Park with four kindergarten classes.
Ms. Ball, Ms. Boling, Ms. Falloway, and Ms. Fulkerson divided the classes into two groups.
In the first session I read "Pete the Cat" and that afforded an opportunity to learn that many of the kids in the group played musical instruments. (Pete the Cat carried a guitar around.)
Up next we learned about the seasons with "Tree." And I found out that the class takes field trips to study trees. And, yes, the legendary sassafras tree on Frederica has been paid such a visit. Very cool.
Who didn't love field trips, right?
In the second group, I began with a classic, "The Very Hungry Caterpillar," heading into its 39th year of publication.
It's one that got us all talking about our favorite foods. Never a bad idea.
Next up, I had a request. Normally, when I get a request, it's for a song. But in a classroom, it was a book.
One of the students--a young lady named Brynn Dennis--requested I read "You're Here for a Reason." I'd never heard of it, but what a tremendous book for kids. It's so wise, yet perfectly understandable for elementary school children.
I had a great time with the kids at Deer Park Elementary and look forward to the next time.