Several years ago, Fred and I were volunteering at Vernon Elementary School. The child that Fred read with was from Mexico. The young boy did speak English, but he also spoke Spanish when he was at home. One day, when Fred came to read to him, the boy picked out a Spanish book. Fred told the boy that although he studied Spanish in high school, he has never been able to speak it fluently. The boy looked up at Fred and responded, “I’ll read it to you in Spanish, and you read it to me in English”. So, that’s what they did. This boy was so pleased! After they read through the book in both languages, he asked Fred to read it back to him in Spanish.
That is the story that I wanted to share. It is so fun to have this interchange with the two languages. It is one of the things that happen through the SMART program that can really tickle you.