You know those classes that you walk in and you just want to poke around and look at everything? This is one of those places! The classroom is a literacy enrich environment–and this elementary teacher thinks it is really paying off! Today I watched FOUR YEAR OLD students sound out the words in a morning message–that THEY WROTE. I watched them encourage their classmates (“OOOoo, that’s a good ‘o’!”) I watched them settle disputes using the “Wheel of Choice” (“I think you need to stop taking things from me.” “Well, I think you need to share.”) I watched and listened to them Pledge Allegiance, sing songs, and recite the first part of The Night Before Christmas.
‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house
not a creature was stirring–not even a mouse.
The best part? I listened as one little punkin’ said, “Well, I heard that on tv–but there wasn’t any stirring.” Then, he took his hands, held an imaginary paddle, and stirred–much like a witch would stir a pot of brew.
**Please can I get a job with the Littles? They really can go far when they have the right guide!