Today I volunteered at the NYPL and it was unlike any other day. The student I usually read with had lost her book and also had a hard time staying focus. She is usually good but today – well, I guess it was the rain. I don’t know if Iam too hard on the children I work with, you know, assigning them books and all while it is summer. I just feel like the world is changing really fast and we shouldn’t allow our children to waste time. Anyways, we read and others joined us. A brother and a sister. The sister was on her way to the 8th grade and could read well but her brother who was on the way to the 3rd grade was not that much of a good reader. He didn’t stop at periods and had trouble pronouncing words. But that’s common. I assigned him to read a book by Ron Roy and hopefully he reads it. I also assigned another child who is on the way to the 9th grade to read two book for 9th graders after I saw him about to check out a book third graders will read. He didn’t take out the books I assigned though. I think that is what bothered me the most. The fact that he did not take them out. How do you get students to read anyway? Was I too pushy?
At least church was great tonight, despite the rain.