She’s fragile in our learning community.
A shy smile shares a growing confidence.
Initial reading assessments tell her story.
Reading skills, including writing and speaking,
regularly spiral throughout our hours in class.
I watch how she handles her books—
with such gentle touch and tender care.
In the past nine weeks she has changed
right before our eyes. Her smile tells it all.
Recently, she exclaimed, “I think I know
what the ABCs are all about now.” Again,
I am attached to why I do what I do—
I teach to make a difference, daily if I can.
Her recent reading assessment has shown
an increase of nine months in nine weeks.
There’s proof of what I know and trust.
Time with books will and can work miracles.
A child needs books and people who care,
not just teachers but also home supporters.
In these early years learning to appreciate
reading as a lifetime skill is so important.
For the guardians who have stepped away
for some reason or another, oh, how I wish
you would reconsider relationships with books.
Maybe reroute strategies for family engagement.
Seasons pass so quickly, and it seems we
have forever. We don’t, and with education,
time spent is part of success’ formula. Reconsider.
Grab a book, sit near a child, turn/swipe pages,
and share the excitement of the story’s glory.
Discuss illustrations, the setting and characters.
Talk. Talk about characters and how they change.
Ask about favorite parts. Talk about the author.
Discuss beginnings and endings. Create a new ending.
We’re all part of a child’s growing and changing cycles.
In these early years, share it all—the times, good food,
and good books—paper copies or digital ones.
Keep those young minds excited about learning.
We can all help these learners level up. Let’s do it.
And they can all say, “I think I know what the ABCs
are all about now.”
The rewards in teaching are many, often, too, surpassing
any halls or walls which we walk down or pass through.
Let’s help these young children. We’re all they have,
and mentors we all are. We are all teachers. Learners, too.
(Readers, thank you for listening to my heart’s outpouring. Education is dynamic.
Education with young children is sometimes hard, yet so very worth it. Let’s all
help the young ones learn how to love their books and appreciate the learning.)
“Pass the ketchup for my French fries.
Pass the chocolate syrup for my ice cream.
Pass the books for my inquisitive mind.”