I thought that the critical literacies article was very interesting. I was really thinking that the idea of have a cafe' for the children to practice the language would be a fun way to get them involved. I think that too often we assume that children this young do not always have informed opinions. We may assume that we, as teachers, know what is best for them without even asking them what they prefer. I really liked that the children were encouraged to write a petition. It is important that all children express their opinions and feel that they are being heard.
In the "already ready: article, I really liked the section on talking to students about the different parts and purposes of a book. I think that many times young students may just look at picture and do not always understand what the rest of the book is about. In my head start room, the teacher always mentions who the author is and where the book was published. I think that it is important that children are seeing these different sections in books. I also really liked the part where teachers would write down what the children said their pictures were. I appreciated that the teachers would write down, verbatim, what the student said. It is great to expand on what the children are drawing or saying but we do not want to mix their words or influence what they say about a picture.