"Children are made readers on the laps of their parents."
Today, teachers and hundreds of Aurora Elementary students participated in World Read Aloud Day. It was my second year of organizing this wonderful opportunity, and for the second year in a row I walked away with a huge smile on my face.
I love to read.
I love to share my passion of reading with students.
I love having others share their passion for reading with students.
That is what #WRAD13 is all about. Finding others that are willing to read aloud to your students while sharing their passion for reading. It never hurts to hear it from another source. Too often our students' ears become numb from the things that teachers and parents continually tell them. An idea coming from a new source can have an everlasting effect.
I have vivid memories of Mrs. Tilley reading aloud to my class in fourth grade. My "imagination theater" as I like to call it, would take me to amazing places as she read to our class. I didn't have to focus on, or process the words on the pages. I simply let my mind wander. That is what we did today at Aurora elementary. We let minds wander as we listened to some great storytellers.
I owe a debt of gratitude to @teacherdebra @morgetron @epaopao @lackeym @lanab03 @Swenson_N11 and @SrfWalkerStudio for sharing their passion of reading with us. They left a very strong impression on our students.
I close with the following tweet from our last reader today in Rome, Italy. Brian Koperski shared this advice with our fifth graders as he spoke to the, and I am so glad he tweeted it with our designated hashtag (#huskywrad13) later as a reminder. It is quite powerful and true.