Some thoughts from Rideau
Just thought I'd share a few nice moments we had at our final Reading Circle before exams and the holidays at the Rideau Library.
One of the mother's came to pick up her son and let me know that, of all the activities he has done since coming to Canada, he enjoys the Reading Circle the most. He tells his mom this is because "it's not like working - all we do is play games!" I assured her, we did indeed read with her child - which she knew. She told me she really appreciated the program and the opportunity it gave her son to practice reading. I've had the chance to read with him a few times this fall and have seen him improve and genuinely enjoy the books we read.
Another mother showed up to pick up her son, who refused to leave until we'd read his favorite book one more time. For those interested it was "I Stink" by Kate McMullan, illustrated by Jim McMullan.
Now, I'd never read this before - but what a great book - especially for boys! It's all about what the Garbage Truck does in his day (basically, he eats garbage, and this is why PHEW! he stinks!). It's full of bright pictures, words in different sizes for different emphasis and all sorts of sound effects as the Garbage truck goes through his day chomping your trash!
Can't help it - here's another picture:
As a group activity that day we read "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" with the volunteers (Ellen, Jessica and myself) and the children sharing the reading and passing the book around the group. Seeing the children move to ensure they maintained a "good view" of the pictures as the story moved around the circle was great - showing how much they got into the story.
Finally, to top if off, we had two special guests from the Seniors Residence next-door to the library drop by to see what our circle was all about. While they sat and observed for most of the time, I had a chance to talk with both of them - one use to teach children and now writes children's stories, and both were excited about the program happening so near their residence. Both were also very interested to hear about Frontier College/Students for Literacy and what else we do in Ottawa. Hopefully they will be back again to visit us when the circle starts again in January.
Anyway, I just found the day to be so much fun and so rewarding as a volunteer that I thought I'd share it with the rest of you!