Chapter 2: Everybody is a Reader
Isn’t that a fabulous chapter name? I mean, it really says it all.
Everybody is a reader … we’re just all at different places in our development.
That’s a crucial message for kids, of all ages, to hear and understand.
In this chapter Donalyn discusses three types of readers (developing, dormant, underground). She also discusses in some detail Brian Cambourne’s “Conditions for Learning” (immersion, demonstration, expectations, responsibility, employment, approximations, response, engagement).
ONE point stood out for me in chapter 2:
“BOOK FRENZY“. I love that term! Donalyn describes how she gets the kids choosing books from her classroom library (to take home and read) on the very first day of school.
The kids choose their own books. All of them. Regardless of where they are on the reading development continuum.
This choice is so very important for all children. Book reports, comprehension questions, book dioramas etc. do NOT help kids become readers.
Reading books they love and then sharing their questions, insights and excitement about those books is how kids learn to read and learn to love reading.
I’m so happy this is something I already do. The readers in my class spend lots of time reading “just-right” books with me (that I choose), but they spend even more time reading books of their own choice. And usually with a friend ~ just so it’s even more enjoyable.
You can read more about The Book Whisperer here.
Happy reading, folks!