I wanted to share with you a proud moment I just had in my classroom. During one of my reading groups today, my middle group was working on a new book. The new book doesn't have pictures above the words (rebus) so it is a little harder for the kids. They have to look at the first letter of the word and then try and figure out the word from looking at the picture. When I asked R how he figured out a word, this is what I got:
me: "R, how did you figure out that word?:
R: (looking at me like I'm an idiot for asking such a silly question) "Because I can read."
That's when I about fell on the floor. My kids are reading!!! It was so sweet and such a simple answer. Of course, what I was looking for was for him to say he was looking at the first letter, looking for picture clues, etc. I do want them to be aware that there are strategies they know and can use for reading. But for him to just know that he can read, made me a proud teacher :)
p.s. stay tuned for a post on my latest trip- New Orleans!! a post totally NOT about teaching! lol