I loved reading too! As a former reading specialist, I had the enjoyment of planning many reading weeks in my career and this one was tops! I asked the children, "What is your favorite part of Wheelock Reads?"
I got some great answers:
"I loved the authors." "Suzy Kline was so cool." "I just liked extra time to read."
Me too. I was inspired to go out and buy the book, Wonder by R.J. Palacio. It might be a challenge and somewhat sensitive (I'd read it first, Moms and Dads), for our Wheelock students, but it is a best seller and the theme of the story is empathy. In the book, Mr. Brown shared numerous precepts with his students. I enjoyed this one for the month of May:
Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as you ever can.
----John Wesley's Rule
from Wonder, Palacio
I think we all can learn from Mr. Brown's precepts. For those who are new to the Wheelock family, like me, you may not know of the origins of Wheelock Reads. While it may just seem like a great reading week activity, it's origins are deeply felt among those who have been part of the Wheelock family for many years. Wheelock Reads was created by the late Susan Pope, Wheelock's much beloved former librarian. So as the week was winding down and we were heading to Memorial Day, a day of rememberance, I know many people were thinking of Susan: a special woman who loved books, and children and Wheelock library.
Thank you Susan, for this very special week.