A group of us have been trying to Skype, but the crazy weather in the East has not
been cooperating. However, today our dream of connecting Pennsylvania, Louisiana, and Wisconsin came true. We were able to connect all of us at the same time and see each other.
I have skyped with Mr. Snyder’s class before and it was wonderful catching up with them before Mrs. Thompson’s class joined us. Mr. Snyder’s class is the one that is saving up money to buy a goat. All they need left is $30 before they are able to buy that goat. I know that they can do it.
When Mrs. Thompson’s class joined us, we all cheered. It was so exciting for them to see me and the other classroom at the same time. I was even impressed that a boy in Mr. Snyder’s class was wearing a Green Bay Packer shirt. (I really like that kid).
Mr. Snyder’s and Mrs. Thompson’s class are book buddies and reading the book The BFG. The title of the chapter that I had the opportunity to read today is called “Dreams”. I had so much fun learning about the kinds of dreams boys enjoy and revisiting some of my old dreams that I used to have. I remember when I was a little girl having a belief in invisible paint. I knew (in my young mind) that there was such a thing and that I was going to find it. I would imagine all of the things that I would do while I was invisible.
In the BFG we learned that there are dreams for boys and dreams for girls. When I asked both of the classrooms if any of the boys would like to have a girls dream, there was not a very positive response. So, it seemed to make sense that in the BFG the dreams were sorted by gender. I wonder if girls would want to have some of the boys dreams. I am a girl and I was intrigued by the boy dreams. So, maybe.
After listening to The Skyping Reading Tutor read the BFG some of Mr. Snyder’s students told us what their favorite part of the book was so far. One of the student’s mentioned that it was when the BFG kidnapped Sophie. I had to agree with this. We wouldn’t have had much of a story if the BFG didn’t kidnap Sophie. Mrs. Thompson’s students wrote about their favorite part on their blog and invited Mr. Snyder’s class to take a look and respond.
Nothing makes my heart beat more than amazing literacy experiences like this. This is real reading, writing, and speaking skills in action. The students are motivated, the teachers are engaged, and nothing is better than that.