Even though- even when- I volunteer, sometimes, I wonder if what I’m doing makes a difference. For SMART (Start Making A Reader Today), I read to two school kids for half an hour each. The volunteer coordinator told me the first grader still has trouble recognizing his letters and identifying their sounds. She’s been working with him and asked if I can help him as well.
I’m not an educator or anything. I’m a bookseller! So, I don’t really have the know-how to best approach situations like these.
The student and I approached it by playing two games. The first has him picking out a book and me guessing what it is based on his clues. In between reading, I pick out two copies of the same book to play, what I call, Letter Bingo. We take turns saying a letter that can be found on the cover (or on the same page) and its corresponding sound and whoever finds it first gets the point. I think he enjoys it. For me, it’s fun and educational at the same time.
So, this week, I’m celebrating making a difference.
What are you celebrating this week?