I love the ideas presented here! Often we get annoyed when reading to a child and they are distracted by something on the page we didn’t notice or think isn’t that important, but if we just SLOW down and pay attention to what the child is paying attention to and then use that to expand and evolve into a learning journey, how fun and special and relevant that would be!
By Allison Wedell Schumacher
“That isn’t what it says. It says, ‘Scritch, scratch, scratch, scritch.’”
This was the egregious error four-year-old Suzanne pointed out to her Head Start teacher, Wendie Bramwell, when Wendie tried to paraphrase Beatrix Potter’s original wording describing the sound of the farmer’s hoe in Peter Rabbit as “scritch, scritch, scratch.” Recalling the incident now, Wendie says, “She was right, of course, and I started to pay very close attention to how I read, what meaning children were attaching to the story, and how I could continue to learn from them about what they were learning and then expand on that.”
In short, Wendie realized she needed to read to her students in such a way as to encourage their critical thinking and social-emotional skills. Wendie, who is now retired, spent 30 years working in the field of early childhood education with Head Start programs, community colleges…
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