Each year in school, Max has visited with his classmates throughout the year over video chat. This year will be no different, it just always takes a while to get everything in place to make that happen.
Since the computer is not hooked up to have the video chat work yet, Max's teacher wanted to come over yesterday to read him the first few chapters of the book they are reading in class in order to get him caught up.
Max was excited to get to see his teacher at home, and decided to sleep the entire night before. I honestly could not believe he slept! He snoozed a bit once she got here, but was listening to the book, and ended up really enjoying it.
The book is called "Wonder" by R. J. Palacio. This is the description from Amazon.com.
Wonder is a rare gem of a novel--beautifully written and populated by characters who linger in your memory and heart. August Pullman is a 10-year-old boy who likes Star Wars and Xbox, ordinary except for his jarring facial anomalies. Homeschooled all his life, August heads to public school for fifth grade and he is not the only one changed by the experience--something we learn about first-hand through the narratives of those who orbit his world. August’s internal dialogue and interactions with students and family ring true, and though remarkably courageous he comes across as a sweet, funny boy who wants the same things others want: friendship, understanding, and the freedom to be himself. “It is only with one’s heart that one can see clearly. What is essential is invisible to the eye.”
(Max listening while he rested)
He used his talker computer throughout the whole time to tell us what he was thinking.
(This is when Daddy joined us)
At the end of the chapters, Mrs. L. Asked Max what he liked about the book. He told her he didn't like how long it was at first. She let him know each day won't be so long, but they had to get caught up.
Then he told her he likes reading with his friends, and music.
When she finished reading, and we got our computers connected so he can visit with the class this week, she told Max good-bye and she would see him on the computer soon. I asked Max if he liked reading with his teacher, and he gave the ultimate approval.
I know people say it all the time, but teachers definitely do not make enough money. His teacher came to work, made a house call, on a Saturday to make sure one of her students was not left out. I get a little panicky when I start to think of what will happen when he has to move away from this elementary school. In fact, I think we'll just keep him there until he's 21. They are just too amazing.
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