O.k. so I live in Wisconsin and it is an extremely cold day today. My thermometer said that it was 26 degrees out. Then I had the awesome opportunity to Skype with Kindergarten class in West Palm Beach Florida to talk about my book The Three Little Sisters Learn to Get Along. Do you want to know the gorgeous weather they are having? It was in the 80's.
These kindergarten kids were awesome. Their teacher Ms. Martin does all brain based learning with her students, and I have to say I was extremely impressed. When I used the word dabbled to describe my writing, Ms. Martin discussed what that word means to increase their vocabulary knowledge. She already has readers and writers in her classroom, and it is only November. It is amazing what children can learn at such a young age.
In fact these kids were already using big words to describe the parts of the brain like frontal cortex. Some people would think they entered into a 7th grade classroom with the things these kids were learning.
I loved that when one of the students asked me how many books I own, I was able to show him one of my bookshelves that was filled to the brim. When I told him that I had five more that looked just like this he was astounded and told me that he has a lot of books too. Then I said, "In order to become a writer, you need to read a ton of books." The teacher loved this comment so much she had her children become a mirror and repeat that phrase. She had them repeat it again. Then she had them teach this phrase to the other kids sitting next to them. This will definitely be a concept that they will leave from our Skype visit.
I love it. I love being able to highlight the amazing teachers in our school systems. There are so many of them, but Ms. Martin certainly stands out as someone on top of the latest research, implementing things that her students will stick to their long term brains, not just to their short term brains. I can only imagine the conversations that some of these kids have with their parents when they go home for the day. I bet they don't look at their parents with that blank look when they get asked what they learned at school today.
Thank you Ms. Martin for inviting me to your class and sharing your extremely bright Kindergarten students with me. They are a treasure, and you are amazing. Keep up the awesome work.
If you are interested in having me come to your classroom to do a free Skype author visit, then you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line Author visit. I would love to meet your students and drive enthusiasm into their lives for reading and writing.