Every time I open her fabulous blog, I get excited about our upcoming workshop with Vicki Vinton. The idea that we'll spend a significant block of time connecting Opal School's stories of working with children ages 3-10 to Vicki's stories of working with children and teachers at a range of ages and in contexts around the world thrills me.
I thought about the workshop when I read CW's journal the other night. She wrote that a "just right book", for her, "isn't too too dramatic." I wasn't sure what she meant, so I asked if she meant that it wasn't really sad. She explained,
What I mean by "books that aren't too dramatic" is books that don't include much detail about a let's say a car accident.
Example of what I do not like: The truck zoomed down the road and bam! hit the car. My dad got all bloody and you could see he was in veeerrryy bad pain.
Example of what I do like: The truck zooomed down the road and bam! next thing my dad was in an ambulance driving faster and faster.
That CW - at 9 years old - could write her own mini-lesson on voice and choice is a great example of what children are able to do when their literacy instruction is thoughtfully (but not restrictively) guided.
If you'd like to join us for Vicki's session where we'll explore an approach to reading that maintains a strong image of the child and a focus on quality, we've got a deal for you: Between now and 11/11, we've taken $75 off the price of registration. What are you waiting for?