It's better than I thought! As I began reading Maybe a Bear Ate It!, (reviewed yesterday) a student commented it was wordless. They were looking for the print and knew to focus on the pictures to help tell the story. I was thrilled they used the word - wordless to describe the book format at the beginning. I struggled with deciding what the character actually was. Yesterday I refer to him/her as a fun looking creature but my students agreed and decided the character in the story is a cat. They could justify their opinion and I value their thinking, a cat it is. As I read the ending of the book, several students got very excited. They noticed each animal the cat visioned taking his book were actually stuffed animals in the cat's bed! When I read the book the night before and was planning, I wondered what made the cat think about each large creature but it was a passing thought. I didn't look close enough for evidence. When my students did, I learned something new. I was so excited to see my emergent readers in action. This was a joyful moment in our day, together.
Thanks to Tara at Two Writing Teachers for organizing Slice of Life each week.