Imagine this, it is time to bring your child to soccer or football practice. You pack all of your clothes, equipment, and get everyone settled into the car. You begin driving and forget to bring your passport. So, you go back home, grab your passport and cross the border to get your child to practice on time.
This may sound far fetched to many of you, but it is reality for the children in Saskatchewan, Canada. Last week I got to hang out in Ms. Elder’s class and she was explaining that many of her students have sports practices in Montana. I was extremely interested in this, especially since I already knew she lived in Canada and that the class I was specifically talking with was in Canada. To them it did not sound like a big deal, but to many of us who have never experienced that it is fascinating.
This is one of the reasons that I love volunteering in classrooms all over the world and reading to them. I love learning and I love learning about different people and the way that they do things.
Ms. Elder and I met last year via Twitter and I was able to read to her class then. She does a looping grade 1 and grade 2 split. So some of the students had recognized me from last year. It was really cool to pop into their classroom and have many of them recognize me. One little boy said, “I know you”. It was really sweet.
Ms. Elder asked me to share my favorite story with the class. For me, my absolute favorite story is Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco. However, I do not have an ebook version yet to share with the children, so I decided to go with my second favorite Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. Ironically, the class had just taken down their Chicka Chicka Boom Boom tree and they were absolutely thrilled that I chose that book out of all of the books in the world to read to them.
I have read this book to several children all over the world and it seems to be a hands down favorite. What are some of your favorite books to read with children? I would love to know.
Watch this clip from a past reading of the book to a group of students in North Carolina.