Today, during centers, I called kids, as I often do, one at a time, to read with me.  Mrs. D. taught me the beauty of one on one reading years ago.  I love my one on one time with each child and you can’t beat the attention each child gets when you meet with them one at a time.

This afternoon, when I pulled Ricky, I had a small sight word reader called Dinner to use. It’s a small book that focuses on the sight words, ‘we’ and ‘get’ – but I also love it because children have to really use the pictures to help complete the story.

In the simple book, a little girl is shopping with her mother for the ingredients for a pizza. Each page reads, ‘We get _________.’  In the corresponding picture, the little girl and her mother are in a grocery getting the ingredients… some of the words and pictures are tricky… cheese, onions, mushrooms, pepperoni, and spices.  Yikes – those are difficult words and some of the kids just don’t have the background to know what spices or uncut pepperoni from a butcher look like.

Well, wouldn’t you know it, Ricky knew every single one.  When we got to the page with ‘spices’ and he read it without much hesitation, I commented, “Wow, how did you know that word?”

He looked up at me with a huge smile and said, “Well there are lots of bottles and the word starts with /s/ then /p/ and I know you put spices on pizza!”

“That’s really using your noodle,” I replied.

Apparently, this was the funniest thing I could have said to Ricky and he literally bust out laughing.

So when you want to compliment a sprout and get a good laugh, just refer to their brain as their noodle and you’ll be an instant comedian.