It's fun. It's frustrating.
I read, putting my finger underneath each word as I go. I ask open-ended questions to allow the little guy to tell me what he thinks will happen next. We talk about the illustrations.
Every week, he comments on how "fast" each book is - he is not a patient child. He doesn't like books with a lot of words. Last week, I must have done a good job selecting the books I'd read - he said he liked all of them.
He is easily distracted - by the colored pencils I've brought, by classmates coming into the hallway to use the restroom. I am able to get him back on task pretty quickly.
He really liked playing Go Fish with cards that had the alphabet on them - he needs to learn to recognize the letters. If a classmate walked by, he was sure to tell them that he was winning!
His regular teacher had a baby almost two weeks ago; his substitute teacher is very nice. She let me keep him busy for an hour and a half last week. I feel bad that he is missing out on activities in the classroom.
His classmates (especially the girls) are curious about why I am there. They want to know when it will be their turn.
Two classmates showed me their prowess with the alphabet by reciting the ABC song WITH THEIR EYES CLOSED! I was suitably impressed, let me tell you.
Did you know that if you write stuff on Post-it Notes, you can stick them back together to make a book? The little guy was pretty happy to take that with him.
The sub would like me to work with the little guy even more. She feels that she cannot give him the one-on-one attention he so desperately needs. We are going to make sure he completes any classwork he didn't finish during the school day.
She called me yesterday afternoon, and got permission from the principal to increase my time there to twice a week.
I'm not feeling so bad about being unemployed anymore.
I feel needed.
What books do your little ones like best? What books do they ask for, over and over?