Tuesday, February 2, 2016

#sol16 Read to me

                                                I think about the power of read-alouds
When called upon to cover a class
Sharing Balto, Owl Moon, Babymouse
Or Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus.
In rapt attention, 
If only for a that brief moment,
The hooligans halt their shenanigans
Hanging on every word.
I think about the power of read-alouds
When I see glimpses of a once-so-tiny-preemie,
Happily sharing a book.
Her foundation for language, 
Phonological awareness, 
Concepts of print, 
Are as strong as she is now.
I think of the power of read-alouds
As I share Snuggle Puppy, Good Night Moon,
Brown Bear, Brown Bear,
Are You My Mother?
Clifford the Big Red Dog.
With little ones,
Who cannot yet sit up,
Who cannot yet crawl,
Who cannot yet call me Grammie,
Yet love a good story,
Like generations of readers,
Before them.  

When I think of the power of read-alouds,
Strickland Gillilan's words of long ago,
Still so true,
Dance through my head.

  You may have tangible wealth untold;
  Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold.
   Richer than I you can never be--
   I had a Mother (Father, Grammie) who read to me.


Michelle Haseltine said...

"If only for a that brief moment,
The hooligans halt their shenanigans" Oh how true this is!!! I love the pictures of the sweet little ones listening to books. I've missed you friend! I've missed your voice. I hope all is well and I'm oh so glad to see you back!!! Read alouds...a MUST for us all!

Beth Scanlon said...

I love it! My daughter is 11 and she and I read together every night, independently. But every so often she asks me to read a few pages to her. I don't resist. Savor the time.

bonnie K. said...

That's the gold standard! Kids love that experience and we need to keep it alive as they move away from the warm lap and the loving voice. I loved it when I read to my 8th graders- many remember that experience as well. Reading as a social experience is so important I think.

Linda B said...

Love seeing those sweet pictures, Anita. I have fond memories of many in my family reading to me, and then me reading to my children, and now my grandchildren. So we pass the books we love on, and find others to love and share too.

Tara said...

Adorable pictures, Anita. Reading is a gift we pass on through generations, right?!

Loralee said...

So true! What a gift!