T recently earned the great honor of participating in his school’s annual Open Mic Night!
Sponsored and held at our local Barnes and Noble retailer, the event featured about 35 of our school’s 370 or so students and spanned over the course of a few hours (broken into an early and late session, we were in the latter). Each teacher chose a handful of their students’ original writings and our principal approved them to be read by the young authors during the event. Yes, original writing and independent reading from students at all grade levels, even the Kindergarteners.
This is our Kindergarten experience, RMT’ers. Five- and six-year-old kids can and are writing full-on stories and themes and, yes, they can read, too. Even T. It’s a rather amazing feat to witness not just of my son but of him alongside his classmates. Had I not been a part of seeing it for myself as it’s developed and blossomed over the last few months (I’ve been lucky to be in the classroom once-weekly as a volunteer since October, back when most were just barely writing their names!), I wouldn’t believe it possible myself either.
Congratulations to all the kids who earned their wings – AKA the honor – of participating in this year’s Open Mic Night, and thanks again to Barnes & Noble for hosting this wonderful event!