I am posting every day during March as part of the annual "Slice of Life" Challenge for Two Writing Teachers. Check out their website for lots more reflections on teaching.*******
As I mentioned in an earlier blogpost, we've been in the midst of a very fun Ezra Jack Keats author study. This past week, we celebrated the conclusion of this unit by re-reading and dramatizing many of his books. After lunch on Friday, as we waited for families to come and pick up their children on this half day of school, I spread out all the books we have read and ended up getting a very powerful photograph:
Truly, the children are not done with Ezra Jack Keats.
I overheard them talking as they look through the books, about
"Peter," "Archie," "Louis," "Roberto,"
"Archie has a cat." [Pet Show]
"Amy lives next door" [Dreams],
"He likes her!" [Apt 3],
"He invited her to a party - you can't say 'boys only' " [A Letter to Amy],
"Louis moved to a new house" [The Trip],
"He is a scary man but now he is a nice man" [Louis],
"Did you see the monsters?" [Hi, Cat!],
"The cat got stuck in the box and the dog was mean," [Dreams]
"Those boys tried to hurt them, but they had a trick!" [Goggles]
I have heard similar snippets as they are playing in the classroom, these past few weeks.
Maybe my focus is changing. Maybe I'm ready to delve into other topics. But, these little ones are still very much in love with the characters and stories of Ezra Jack Keats.
This is a beautiful thing to observe,
I have no doubt that they will make many more connections as the year goes on.
They will recall special moments.
They will continue to enjoy his books.
They will remind me of details.
There's no such thing as "end."