Today during our pre-writing routine (letter sounds, sight words, blends) I noticed my friend Richard paying extra close attention. We make a big deal about really watching the letters, words, and blends as we chant and read them to help make the connection. Richard doesn’t always do a wonderful job at paying attention… today he was on top of it.

When we finished, I stopped, turned to him and said, “Wow, Richard you are really ready to learn today… what did you have for breakfast?”

“Cream of Wheat,” he smiled.

“Cream of Wheat? Really? Wow, do you put sugar and milk in it?” I asked. Honestly I was a little surprised at his answer and I guess I figured he must sweeten up a bit.

“Nope, I like it plain, it’s good!” He exclaimed.

“Well, maybe I should send a note to everyone’s mom and recommend Cream of Wheat for breakfast,” I joked.

Seriously, who knew?