A Reader Is Born

I had been sitting next to her, listening to her quietly read and use a think aloud strategy to practice test-taking skills in the computer lab. An unlikely setting for an amazing, thrilling, wonderful, heart-warming revelation, wouldn’t you agree?

As she was logging off the computer, she turned to me and said, in a completely serious, oh-so-grown-up voice, “To tell you the truth, Mrs. Anderson, last year I really didn’t like to read.”

She continued, “In the summer, my mom got me some books to read. I just started to pretend and put myself in the story. Now I like reading a lot.” A huge smile broke across her face, lighting up her eyes.

As big as her smile was, mine might have been bigger!

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11 Responses to A Reader Is Born

  1. margaretsmn says:

    Lovely story. A reader is born. What a thrill to discover!

  2. Donna Smith says:

    That was my favorite part of teaching…that illuminating moment when a first grader realized for the first time that they were reading.

  3. Tara Smith says:

    Moments like this make teaching worth all the other stuff!

  4. Dana Murphy says:

    You witnessed the birth of a reader! Wonderful. I’m so glad you captured this memory in words.

  5. To tell you the truth Mrs. Anderson, I love you read your posts.

  6. What a moment. So glad she shared with you and you shared with us!

  7. An unlikely place for that kind of realization, indeed. But, I’m so glad she had it & that you shared it with us today.

  8. MaryHelen says:

    I love how she shared that she pretends in the story. Yeah! What an awesome moment to capture and remember.

  9. elsie says:

    Oh yes, this is a moment for a happy dance. May she continue to love the reading.

  10. Jaana says:

    Here is to many more revelations like these this year!

  11. elle1955 says:

    These are the moments.

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