Today, I want to CELEBRATE Nathaniel. I’ve known Nathaniel since he was in TK. This year he is a kindergartner and, as it sometimes is for boys, school is at times challenging for him. Recently, on one of my walkthroughs, I visited Nathaniel’s class. When he saw me walk into the classroom he quickly greeted me and continued to work on his assignment. I of course was glad to see him on task. During my visit I walked around the room and spoke with many students. By the time I made my way to Nathaniel, he was done with his assignment and was starting to pull out a book box. As I knelt by his side he showed me his popcorn words on a ring and read them to me. I praised his hard work and effort and I pulled out a “little” book from the book box. I asked Nathaniel if he would like to read the book to me; he shrugged his shoulders. I could tell he was a little apprehensive. I assured him I would help. I read the title and then asked him to use his finger to point to the words as he read. Well, to his surprise and mine he did, he read it! The look of total amazement on Nathaniel’s face can only be described as pure JOY. At that moment Nathaniel realized he was a reader. All he kept saying, all day, to all who would listen was, “I’m a great reader.” That day was a great day for Nathaniel and for me!