TRUMBULL, Conn. — When it comes to reading out loud to kids, I don’t know who has more fun: the kids hearing the story or me.
On Oct. 23, I took part in my fourth read-out-loud day at Trumbull Early Childhood Education Center, which is billed as Connecticut’s first freestanding public special needs preschool program.
As a guest in teacher Heather Hart’s classroom, I read an alphabet book about Colonial Williamsburg, which not only reinforced knowledge of the alphabet for the children but also gave them a chance to learn about things like anvils, because A is for anvil. The book showed a picture of a man hammering a horseshoe on an anvil.
“What’s an anvil?” one student asked.
I explained that like people, horses wear shoes and that the man in the picture was making sure that the shoe would fit the horse’s hoof, then asked, “How do you feel if your shoes don’t fit?”
“My feet hurt.”
“The same with horses, so the man is making sure they are the right size.”
Kudos to both the teacher and to the school’s principal, Matt Wheeler, who do a great job of getting students ready for kindergarten.