I love World Read Aloud Day (week)! Truly. I love to arrange connections across our school with as many willing teachers as possible. It's so much fun to spend time with the elementary students, seeing high school students read to them, connecting with authors and classes around the nation...
But... (warning: real talk ahead)
each year we've had pesky winter weather that either interrupted our plans or our connecting friends' plans with days out of school. (The year I had to reschedule 3 different HUGE author skypes nearly brought me to tears!)
It's a lot to schedule but add in cancellations and it's a TON to juggle and rearrange.
This year I decided to celebrate WRAD on a bit of a smaller scale -- connecting as much as we could "in house" K-12; teachers reading to other classes; and only connecting with 1 main library/school via skype/GHO. Now, I'm excited about next week but the amount of stress I'm feeling is infinitely better. If it snows here or in Maryland, we'll be okay. I won't be running around like a chicken with my head cut off. What's the lesson here? Sometimes I cause my own stress by trying to do too much. Making everything bigger and better isn't necessary when it's about sharing and making memories with students.
I still invited everyone at school to participate via this form. (& yes, I'm still shocked to not have 100% participation...always a PollyAnna!)
I then made this smore to share our schedule. I love using smore because I can continue to update and add to it without problems. Plus, the prettiness factor makes me super happy. :)
I'm excited to read to my middle school library classes (6th, 7th, & 8th grades) on Tuesday, host connections with Matthew's library on Wednesday, and read to elementary classes on Thursday. I'm also thankful for the teachers and administrators who have volunteered to read to other classes and to connect their classes across the building. I'm proud to "celebrate the power of words and create a community of readers."
I hope you'll join me. It's not too late! Grab a favorite book and read it to friend or two.