The Making of a Reader

Children are made readers on the laps of their parents” Emilie Buchwald

She picked up a new book from the pile I had placed on the table and walked over to the chair with a stuffed animal in her arms. She snuggled in close to the small soft elephant and opened the book.

“Once upon a time…” she began her “reading” of the book.

As the grandmother to this three year old girl I sat back, watching quietly as she made her way through the new text, making up a story line as she turned page after page. I tried to blend into the background so I could watch and learn and be amazed.

As I sat by, I couldn’t help but recall all of the emergent reading literature I had read. I thought about the stages outlined by Elizabeth Sulzby, the chapters in books by Matt Glover and Kathy Collins. It was all coming to life unfolding before me in my granddaughter. How exciting it was seeing to witness a reading life grow right before my eyes in my little one. I was both proud and amazed at what I saw.

As an educator I wanted to analyze and dig deeper into next steps but my grandmotherly ways won out and I decided to sit back, listen to the story, and enjoy the moment as my three year granddaughter read a story to her stuffed elephant.

“And they all lived happily ever after…”

It’s Tuesday and I’m sharing a slice of life story with the community of writers at Two Writing Teachers. Consider joining along.

14 Replies to “The Making of a Reader”

  1. Yes, as grandmother to two year olds, I’m watching and listening and nurturing, but not intervening, My little ones hold their books as their teachers do at day care and I sit on the floor in “circle time” as their audience/students.

  2. Sometimes it’s better to leave the learning by the wayside and let the heart lead! What a wonderful moment to capture in a slice. I’m glad the grandmother won out.

    1. Yes – it is fun to watch. As a mother I didn’t have time to enjoy this process – nor was I aware of it then either. Much better as a grandmother for sure!

  3. This is simply perfect — the story, the craft, and the big idea! You have tears streaming before I finish my coffee! So glad you captured this moment, I have a feeling there will be many more to come!

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