Portrait of a 9 year old boy

6 Oct

In 2nd grade, my son started enjoying reading but still struggled to find books he could read that captured his imagination.  In 3rd, things got better but the books he wanted to read were still a bit beyond his comfort zone reading level.  Now, he’s in 4th grade and BOOM!  Part of it is his reading skills have matched up with his reading interests now.  Part of it is the Independent Reading Program we are doing at school.  We get kids to read books at the comfort reading zone and we ask them to respond after they read.  A one to two sentence response.  “I noticed that the character is . . . ”  “I liked the way the author did . . . ”  or “This part of the story made me think about when . . . ”  It’s not easy but it’s working well for Gage.  It’s also working well for many of my students.  I wonder how many parents are seeing this kind of portrait of their 9 year old sons and daughters this year because of a simple program that we are implementing in our school . . .



4 Responses to “Portrait of a 9 year old boy”

  1. Pam 6 October, 2009 at 3:53 am #

    Wow, this is great, Liza!!! Woo Hoo for Gage!

  2. robin andrea 6 October, 2009 at 7:33 am #

    What a lovely photograph of Gage. Sounds like an excellent program.

  3. KGMom 6 October, 2009 at 8:45 am #

    Yippee–another kid gets the book bug.
    One of my favorite photos of my son is when he is 9, with his nose deep in a book, and a furrowed brow speaking of his deep concentration.
    Love it!

  4. Liza Lee Miller 6 October, 2009 at 4:39 pm #

    Thanks, everyone! It’s so awesome to see him so engaged in reading. The book never leaves his side. He reads morning, noon, and night! I love it!

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