What an amazing experience! I connected with the class via Skype and had the opportunity to read 2 stories with them. I specifically say WITH them and not TO them because they participated in the story as much as I did. They pointed out things that they liked in the illustrations, they laughed at all the right parts, and they shared their thoughts throughout the stories. Those 32 kids brought the stories to life!
I began by sharing Annie and Me with them. Being that this is only the second time that I shared it publicly, I was a little nervous about how it would go. Thank goodness I had my husband, technical guru, standing behind me to make sure that it worked. The class loved it! It was such an adrenaline rush to hear their laughter. They made my day!
We had more time, and I shared a story called A Porcupine Named Fluffy, by Helen Lester. Once again, the kids thoroughly enjoyed the story. I hope that they all take as much from this experience as I did.
A special thank you goes out to Diana LeBlanc, Literary Coach of the Bloomingdale and Petrova Schools, for making this experience happen for all of us. I hope that I can come and 'visit' you again.
I look forward to participating in World Read Aloud Day 2013!