Emergent readers and writers are the absolute best, and I am very fortunate to have Kindergarteners frequent my office at Fletcher Elementary School. The routine remains relatively the same regardless of the day. They call the office from their classroom to schedule an appointment to read to me. (Keep in mind that scheduling an appointment in kindergarten terms means it happens immediately.)

Fletcher Elementary Kindergartener reads his story.

When they arrive, they often have plastic coins from the classroom cash register. They hand me the coins, on the down low, as if I had them all along. And then they read. Like famous published authors, they pause to show me the pictures as they tell their stories. There is no better break in the day than being read to by a five-year-old. And when it’s all said and done, they allow me to buy the books with the plastic coins slipped to me just moments before. I buy the books for my office library, which we admire together before they return to class. Amidst the organized chaos that is a school day, this is my silver lining. Please enjoy their stories.


Christopher Dodge is the Principal of Fletcher Elementary School and is a regular contributor to THE FWSU STORY. You can follow him on Twitter @FletcherFalcon


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