Today when this first grader and I met to revisit the text. The first thing he said to me was, "I read the book to my mom last night." "That's great!" I responded. Then he went on to say, "You know yesterday, I was having a bad day." My reply was, "I'm glad that you are having a good day today!" He agreed and then proceeded to read the entire book to me perfectly and without hesitation.
I don't know why he was uncooperative and a bit off-kilter when we met yesterday. Today he obviously had a change of heart (or change of attitude I should say). A few questions ran through my mind as I reflected on the situation.
- Did he mention our encounter to his mom and had she scolded him?
- Did he realize that his uncooperative behavior was unnecessary?
- Was he simply trying to avoid the task because he thought he would not be successful?
This first grader recently completed 12 weeks of reading recovery. He didn't successfully discontinue but he has grown a lot as a reader. In these last few months of school I know I'll need to spend a lot of time keeping him connected to books. My goal for him this summer is that his books will become some of his best friends. I'll keep you posted.
How do you keep your at-risk readers engaged and connected to books during the school year and especially over the summer? I would love to know.