So how was your week last week? My week was a blast! I know I’m biased, but I am so tickled about how Share a Story-Shape a Future 2010 played out. Frankly, I have been spending the morning going back to read some of the posts I missed, add a few comments, and go back to some other posts to see how the conversation is going. I have tried to leave a comment at every post. If I missed yours, let me know!
On a personal level, as a mom, I found lots of useful information. Dawn Morris described the Circles of Literacy in one of her posts, and as I moved among the posts and across the days, there were several circles that kept coming back to me.
* I found a circle of reassurance. We each have our own experiences, and sometimes it seems that we are parent-educators in a vacuum. It was helpful to hear others’ experiences and know that reading, like other growth, is not linear.
* I found a circle of hope. What I see today doesn’t necessarily spell doom on my child becoming a lifelong reader. I gathered information about the ebbs and flows and got hints about what to expect a little later on, and also how to manage it.
* I found a circle of guidance. There are so many ways we can engage kids as readers and fill their literacy toolbox. There is no single path, reading ruts are Okay, and pushing hard will not bring you the success you want.
But mostly I found a community of readers helping readers-to-be, whether one-on-one, as a parent, as a librarian, as a volunteer, as a teacher, … it is truly a privilege to be with such a generous community and to live in the (proverbial) village.
I’ll have a more formal event wrap-up at the Share a Story-Shape a Future blog, probably mid-week. I need to regroup a little bit and want to continue to savour all that we have. I am still working my way through the many Writing about Reading posts. I have announced the winners of the various giveaways … my thanks to Reading is Fundamental, Sleeping Bear Press, PicPocket Books, and Itty Bitty Bookworm for their generous donations. Many generations of children will benefit from your gifts!
I couldn’t resist using those logos one more time. The Reading Bears logo was created by Elizabeth Dulemba. Susan Stephenson of the Book Chook created the two It Takes a Village logos for SAS2010 using ToonDoo.com