Heading into summer, I question whether I created first graders who can read or first graders who do read. During the school year, for the most part they seem like students who do read. They can sit by themselves with amazing stamina and read for over 30 minutes. They choose to read to others when given the chance. They automatically grab books when finished with something early. They know how often readers read - every day they need to breathe. But what happens when they're not within my grasp?
How many will willingly read this summer on their own?
How many will read only because someone tells them to?
How many won't even think to pick up a book?
Of course, with first graders, some of what takes place over the summer is dependent on the resources in their house and the adults they live with. Yet, I think I can always do a better job of selling books and the rewards of being a reader so that I create more students who read into the summer and beyond than students who can but don't.