SOL #9 The Reader Winner

The other Third Grade class has this ongoing contest to see who can read the furthest in Fox with Socks without any mistakes. For days my colleagues, who are co-teachers, have been bantering about who is the better reader, despite the fact that they nearly tied on page twelve.

I was visiting in their class, waiting for their students to go to specials, when suddenly my grading was interrupted with, “Miss Kriegl, do YOU want to try? We need to give EVERYONE a turn!”

I looked up, realizing she was talking about the legendary book, Fox in Socks.

Needless to say, I had heard of the competition and was nervous! I wasn’t even paying attention to the reading…and…my mind was racing, when was the last time I had read Fox with Socks?! I don’t know, maybe middle school? No, elementary?!
Oh no…

But I HAD to be brave. I needed to show the other students that it is okay to rise to a challenge.

I started off slow at first, and very rhythmic, “Knox in box Fox in socks.”

As I continued, my confidence grew. I fell into the pattern and rhythms of the book…passed page 5, passed page 10…Getting closer!

I could feel my heart racing…what was coming next? What was the word they were tripped up on?! How will I beat them if I don’t know!

Instant regret! I should have been listening to the third graders read! Too late now…

Wait, did I just pass page 13? YES! I did! And there went, “Here’s an easy Game to play. Here’s an easy Thing to say …”

When finally, “Who sees who sew?” tripped me up ON PAGE 21.

PAGE 21!!! I did it…and then some! The kids began to scream and clap!

“Your the world champion!”another student yelled.


And what a proud, silly, Suess moment it was. ❤




SOL Day #3 A Dr. Suess Memory

Yesterday was Dr. Suess’ birthday. In class we celebrated by reading our favorite books around the room all reading block, which meant I got to read too! It’s really great being an Elementary Teacher, especially on days like these!

Anyway, the day got me thinking about my childhood and celebrating Dr. Suess day. My mom was literally the best. She drew a Cat in the Hat on a t-shirt for all us kids to wear on that special day. Oh, how we LOVED that t-shirt! We wore it years later, even on non-Dr. Suess birthday days. 🙂

Just a nice little way to reminisce.

Did I mention my mom is extremely creative and very artsy? This was no ordinary Cat in the Hat t-shirt, it was homemade and drawn with lots of love!

I have so much to thank Dr. Suess for… Green Eggs and Ham, the first book I remember reading on my own…and running around to prove to everyone just how fast I could read it, the memories reading books with my mom and siblings, and, of course, that t-shirt made of love.