We awoke Monday morning to find that it had snowed all night, resulting in school cancellations and delays across our entire area of western Massachusetts.
I quickly texted the librarian at Westhampton Elementary School to see if Teach’s Reading Buddy time could be rescheduled for a different day this week. She had already been thinking about it, knowing the Kindergartners would be disappointed if they didn’t get to read with Teach this week.
So, it was Friday with Teach this week.
As is the custom, Teach meets the entire class around the alphabet rug in the back of the library where all the children get a chance to pet Teach and ask a question about him (there are always questions – or comments about their own dogs!). Then, Mrs. R. announces the readers for the day. Five lucky boys had a chance to read – or simply show pictures – to Teach. Teach knows the drill… he settles in comfortably in the special Reading Corner and, as all good Reading Buddies do, he listens intently to the story as the proud reader reads aloud the story he has chosen especially for Teach.
It just happened to be Valentine’s Day and the last day of school before winter break, so Mrs. R. wanted to do something special for the first and second graders who don’t get to spend time with Teach.
She asked if we could stay longer today and meet with the combined classes around the alphabet rug. Of course, Teach was in his element spending more time with the kids. All had a chance to pet him and ask questions. Perhaps, a time could be set at a later date for these students to read to Teach, too. I know Teach would gladly accommodate!