Smiles, grins, and applause followed each reading of each book the children had worked so hard to publish. It was as if I had walked into a bubble of pride, when I entered the classroom, and students were sharing their All About books with parents and visitors. After the last applause, I introduced myself to the parents, whom were still beaming from excitement.
“Hi, I’m Mrs. Alfonso, the literacy coach. I have been working with your children, as they have worked so hard writing their books. You must be very proud of them.” To the one mom, who came by herself, I said, “You must be …” “Berto’s mom,” she finished my sentence. “You must be very proud of him! He is a great writer!” “Yes,” she responded, “He has already written two other books at home.” You couldn’t contain her smile.
Last week and this week, in passing, I have discovered two children writing for fun at home, working on genres they have been learning about in writing workshop, at school! A little boy and a little girl. Money can’t buy that! These two children are the epitome of what I desire to accomplish in each child, each day - independent, life long writers! Oh, and did I mention, both children are English language learners? If you are a teacher, a parent, or a significant other, won’t you join me in accomplishing this goal for all little writers?