It's day 7 of the SOL Challenge.
"I don't have none," my start-the-day-off-reading-student mumbled. My momma threw them all away."
I didn't take the time to find out if his mom had indeed gotten rid of stuffed animals thinking that an 8 year-old was too big for such childish toys. I didn't take the time to find out if his stuffed animals had been discarded with a lice epidemic in their home at some time. I didn't take the time to clarify is he-like-me had forgotten this special day following a snow day.
I headed over to the bookshelf. "Would you be willing to spend the day with one of my friends?" I asked. He snuggled a floppy, well-loved Clifford under his chin and nodded. I wondered if J would get any work done with this additional distraction, but convinced myself J would be distracted with or without Clifford by his side.
When then next group of readers arrived, there were 3 kids squealing with delight because they had their "friends" joining our "Reading Club." A big overstuffed blowfish gave me a kiss and a well loved bear was dancing in my face before I knew what was happening! There were, however, 2 very quiet children, ones who are not usually so quiet, without friends under their arms.
I headed once again over to the bookshelf. "Would you be willing to spend the day with one of my friends?" I asked. A well-loved Paddington Bear, who long ago lost his trademark jacket was quickly named "Little Beary." An aging Curious George was quickly named "Little Georgie" and reading to our friends, rather than my planned learning, ensued.