Last week I read a review of the Big Umbrella on TWT. I ordered two copies, one I sent to my grandchildren and the other for my Pre-K classroom. It arrived on Saturday. We didn’t have school on Monday and Tuesday I was busy playing catch up to the plan. Wednesday morning I shared the book with my class of Young 5’s. When I finished a little girl asked if she could “read” the book. I said “yes”, a short while later she came back and proudly announced she’d read it. As soon as time allowed I asked her to “read” me the book. She did! Flawlessly! I knew she was learning, just this morning I was interrupted before we read my morning message and she announced she had read it by herself. When she read it with me I wondered if her skills had taken off. Three weeks ago she passed a Fountas and Pinnell level A.
As she proudly read the book again to a beloved school employee I realized the joy of watching a reader grow right in front of me.