Wednesday, October 25, 2006

It's all in the sound

Yes, I'm giving my services freely again this year at school. Still in the library, computer lab, heading up the yearbook and for any teacher or team in need. Only this year, I've started a little reading program for my Resource friends. These students are ones that have a slight learning disability and all of them are well below their grade level in reading. Soooo, I decided, with the approval of our Media Specialist and the Resource teacher I would start my own little reading lab for these students. On three days a week, two hours each day, I get the pleasure of being in their company. We read together, they read to me and they test on what they've read. I just love these kids. They are all so eager to please, willing to learn, and appreciative. it makes me wonder if it isn't the rest of the student body that has a probelm.

Today my fourth grade buddy Walter was with me. He was reading a book to me and quite naturally needed help with some of the words. I rarely just give any of them the word, I make them work for it. I ask them to sound it out the best they can before I chime in.

Snow fort, that's what Walter was trying to get out. Well, snow made it out perfectly, it was the fort that was giving him problems. I tell him, "Come on baby you can do it, sound it out." He does..."f-f-f-a-ar-t, FART!" He looks at me with huge eyes, like he can't believe that word is in the book, I'm looking at him and we both laugh hysterically. I say, "No Honey, what sound does "o r" make together?" He gives me the correct sound of "or" and suddenly realizes the word is fort not fart. He laughed again at his mistake and continued on to finish the book.

I must say, the situation some of the kids are in is extremely sad and I would change it for everyone of them if I could. But just having the opportunity to be a small part of their lives for me is a true blessing.

Walter aced his test!


Blogger Renee said...

Good for Walter!
I'm sure many people can come up with a story of what a 'snow fart' is. Especially those up north!

6:52 AM  
Blogger Lisa M. said...

Good for Walter.

Do you do "Chunk" it out? It is reading program that teaches how to sound words out. I learned it in a "Dialog" reading class.

I love grade school.

What a blessing YOU are to them.

9:57 PM  
Blogger momyblogR said...

Lisa - Yes, chunking and lots and lots of long and short vowels sounds. And what makes them that way..silent "e" etc.

They too are a blessing to me!

5:17 AM  
Anonymous Twisted Cinderella said...

Good for Walter. Too cute that he thought it was fart. you are such a blessing to those kids.

12:02 PM  
Blogger melissa c said...

What an adorable blog! I love to volunteer too. The kids just love having moms there. Walter will proabably laugh about snow farts for years to come!

3:56 PM  
Anonymous sarahgrace said...

Hee hee hee...that's great! That is so cool that you are able to help these kids too...what a blessing you are!

5:56 PM  
Blogger Aisha said...

Its really tough isnt it too see how much more some kids need. Its just sad all around.

LOL @ Fart. Poor kid. He must have been so perplexed. The look must have been priceless! :)

8:36 PM  
Blogger Meow said...

Snow fart ... *giggle* ... too cute.
I have loved volunteering at my Chicky's school for the past 7 years. There are only a few of us who regularly do everything, and it is always us who are asked to help ... how can you say no !!
Anyway, I love it. It will be a shame when she goes to high school next year, where the volunteer mum is an extinct species ... we're apparently not needed there.
Have a wonderful week.
Take care, MEow

2:14 AM  
Blogger lynn said...

What an AMAZING gift and true act of kindness. That is REALLY awesome!

8:57 AM  

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