Aaryan has been asking me for days to come into the classroom and be a guest reader. “Jennie, I have the book in my backpack. It’s the fish book. They’re red and blue. When can I come in and read?” He absolutely loved chapter reading when he was in my class. He was always glued to my stories, too. This morning I told Aaryan he could read to the children after snack, before we went outside to play.
And I forgot.
Aaryan didn’t forget. He appeared bright eyed and eager, with his book in hand, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss. The children had finished snack. They had dressed in all their winter gear to go out to the playground to play. This was a pickle. I said, “Children, Aaryan is here to be a guest reader. Why don’t you stand by the door before we go outside. Aaryan, can you be on the rug in front of the children to read your book?”
Aaryan sat on the rug, opened his book, and read a few words. Children joined him on the rug. They wanted to be closer and hear him read. Never mind that they were dressed in snow pants, hats, and mittens. They didn’t care. They wanted to hear Aaryan read the story.
The more he read, the closer they got. Actually, they pressed in. Close. Very close. The only sounds in the classroom were the words being read. This is a long book, 62 pages. You would think that the children would be squirmy, hot and sweaty in hats and mittens, anxious to go outside. Not at all. The crowd simply grew.
It was wonderful. More than wonderful. The power of reading came full circle today. Thank you, Aaryan.