My girls attend a very small school. (Only 130 kids from pre-K to 6th) I know every single one of the kids, and they all know me. Nothing makes me happier than when I walk into a classroom, and the students start bouncing up and down, clapping and cheering. You see, I'm a little bit of a mom-celebrity.
|Jaybird a/k/a Celebru-Mom|
Because my girls are only a year apart, I have the repeat pleasure of enjoying the same teacher, three years in a row. So, the teachers also get to know me very well. And so far, I've been extremely fortunate that every one of them has encouraged and graciously accepted the fact that from time to time, I like to barge in and take over their literacy blocks...
Last week, I baked 35 kitty cupcakes and read "If You Give A Cat A Cupcake" to my second grader's class. Afterwards, the kids and I got to talking. I was over-joyed to hear these kids actually remembered everything I have EVER read to them, all the way back to Pre-K! They got jazzed up all over again, remembering it too.
"We love when you come Miss Jen! Remember that time in Kindergarten you read Skippy Jon Jones and made us all those nachos?"
No, I'm old and forgetful, so I didn't really remember, but they sure did! That's when another kid started to reminisce..
"Remember when you read "Froggy Eats Out" and you made us all of those cool lily pads and frog brownies and we hopped all around the class ?" And then another...
"Member' that time you brought in all that "pisgetti" and we read Strega Nona? That was the most awesomest!" This comment was followed up by a lot of "Yeah that was the best!" (Which, made the Italian in me do a little happy dance...)
Of course, listening to their little walk down memory lane made my heart just about explode with glee. I can't say it's always been easy, with my busy schedule and the harried life I lead. But hearing these kids express their excitement over what books they loved the most, (and to this day still loved reading) made all of my efforts worth it! Every once in a while as a parent something awesome like this will happen and I start to feel like maybe I'm doing something right after all!
I have to ask, what was your favorite children's book? And what made it so memorable? Was it the book itself or who read it to you?
My favorite children's book was Tommie de Paola's Strega Nona. My Nona (Grandma) read it to me in Italian and English, and then we ate "pisgetti" until I was about to burst... No matter how old I get, I know I won't ever forget it!