As I told you, this past weekend Sandy’s cousin Leslie Johnson was here with her husband Johnnie and three children Caleb, Hannah, and Grace. Grace starts school this fall. Hannah goes into 5th grade and Caleb will be a 7th grader. All three kids have been brought up on books and are excellent readers. One or our activities was to take turns reading poems from my book with Tim Rasinski and Gay Fawcett, PARTNER POEMS FOR BUILDING FLUENCY. This is a book written for teachers for which I wrote forty-two poems for two or more voices. When Grace saw the book, she wouldn’t put it down until Sandy and I had taken turns reading nearly every poem in it with her. We didn’t want to stop reading with her either. Some lucky teacher is going to love having a first grader who already loves books and reads with fluency, understanding, and feeling.
The whole time they were here no one asked to turn on a television. The kids were outside for much of the time. They swam and played games.They were curious about their surroundings and asked a lot of good questions. And they read. Thank you, Leslie and Johnnie, for being such great parents. Thank you, Caleb, Hannah, and Grace, for being such good kids.