Sustained Silent Reading is my favorite time of day. My students look forward to the fifteen minutes of relaxation. All I have to say is find your spots & my kids immediately get to their spots with their book at the ready. The minute I hit play on the computer and they hear the opening notes of Dave Brubeck’s Strange Meadow Lark they are all transported to their book worlds. I read a book along with them but occasionally I look around and watch them read. I watch their eyes widen as they are at a suspenseful moment in their book or maybe they’re smiling because a certain boy wizard has just learned that he is indeed a wizard. It’s in that moment that I know they’re discovering the love for reading that I did many years ago.
I always hate to pause the music at the end of the fifteen minutes because I know I’ll be breaking that spell. I hold back a grin every time I do hit pause because several will look up from their book and are almost confused as to where they are. I tell them to put their bookmarks in their books and get back to their seats because it’s time for gym or math. The books are put away and we return to the real world where a problem isn’t solved neatly in 20 chapters or less. But the characters in this world are just as complex as the ones in their books. And I tell them that even though they’re on an adventure in their books life is just as much as an adventure too.