A lifelong memory in 15 minutes

Guest Blogger
Dec 19, 2012
Scholastic’s senior corporate communications directorSaraSinekhas a story to share about reading at her daughter’s school. Being a working mom, I try to make an extra effort to be as present as possible in my children’s classrooms. I may not be able to take them to school every day or be there when they come home, but I realized there are ways I can still be a visible and active parent. Last week, I volunteered to read at my daughter’s pre-K class. I told my daughter, Olivia, that I was going to be class mom for the day. She was so excited. The night before my visit, she helped pick out the books she wanted me to read: Boo Hoo Bird by Jeremy Tankard, Olivia Acts Out by Jodie Sheperd, and Clifford the Big Red Dog by Norman Bridwell. My day arrived and I showed up at the classroom at 10:30 a.m., just as the kids were getting ready for circle time. Olivia’s face was full of joy when she saw me. Her teacher introduced me to all her classmates and Olivia was glowing with pride. I was invited to sit in the teacher’s chair and Olivia was given the honor of sitting on a chair next to me, while all her friends sat on their mats on the floor. As I read, Olivia helped me turn the pages, while her classmates sat and listened intently to the stories. That night at bedtime, I asked her the question I ask every night: “what was your favorite part of the day?” She innocently answered, “when you came to my class today to read books.” My heart melted. As you are making your list of things to do in 2013, PLEASE add “Read to your child’s class” to your list. It was the easiest, most rewarding 15 minutes I have ever spent in a day.