Maisie and I got to go back to work today!
Our session was very different from the way we used to help out in Chicago classrooms, but since we are all getting used to virtual communciations, it seemed to go really well.
As usual with Sit Stay Read, everything was very well planned. I got an email with a suggested script to point out certain words and pictures and the book was delivered to my house. Tips on selecting a place to do our reading as well as how to deal with technical glitches were included. I practiced several times so that I could adjust the camera angle and our positions.
We recorded our reading during a Zoom session with our program leader. Since we were in a virtual classroom, Winn was able to join us as well. She even provided some humor when she ran off to chase a squirrel!
We recorded the reading a couple of times, and I was surprised by how natural it felt to be sharing a book with Maisie again. The book was one I haven’t read before. It was written by collaboration of a Sit Stay Read classroom and an author. It is about a dog who didn’t have a home and was adopted by a loving family. This is a topic close to my heart and it is a lovely story.
This has been such a challenging time and I hope that our contribution to a restructured reading program is helpful. It will be great to get back into the classroom and let Maisie work her paws-on magic, but until then, keep reading!
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This is super exciting-so happy for you! Our hospital hasn’t opened up to indoor visits but we are scheduled for the first time back-outdoors with only the staff at the emergency department next week. We’ll all be doing baby steps until normalcy returns in the age of a panDAMNic. Stay safe, sane and keep smiling. Ear scritches to the pups.
It is very unusual but I was happy that we could do something! Things have gotten pretty creative for all these kids with virtual learning.🥰