Which Line to Read First #SOL19


“Mrs. Wyman! Can you come here? We have a question about some words in the book we are reading.”

This request came from one of my Kindergarten readers during partner reading time during Reading Workshop this morning.

“We were wondering if we could read these words (pointing to the second line of text) before these words (pointing to the first line of text), because it makes way more sense.”

At the store

we get some milk.

“Tell me more,” I asked.

“Well, it’s just that when we talk, we would say, ‘We get some milk at the store.’ ”

This book was a typical patterned emergent reader, with the pattern alternated a few pages in. My two new readers had not only read the text correctly, but were trying to make sense of it. How could I possibly ask for more than that!


Many thanks to the crew at Two Writing Teachers, and the extended SOL community, for giving us the time, space, and encouragement to live the writerly life here each Tuesday and every day in March. Won’t you join us?


6 thoughts on “Which Line to Read First #SOL19

  1. Oh my goodness! I couldn’t love this slice more. They thought deeply about the words and their own speech patterns and were inquiring about it. What a fabulous moment! Thanks for letting us peek in!


  2. I like this simple exchange and how it illustrates a point that we should savor the simple victories with our students.


  3. Like you, I celebrate when my students engage deeper with a text and explore the way language is used. They are learning so much more because you gave them the opportunity to partner read and the freedom to ask questions of a text. Yes!


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