Today a mom came to me this morning and her child had brought some special books to school. He is one of my low readers, and is just becoming enthusiastic about reading. He was SUPER excited to share them with me today! I was THRILLED! they were those books "Brand New Readers" where there are 4 in a set and they are very repetitive. During reading block today he was "reading" independently. I was trying to have reading conferences and do running records. I had 4 kids on tapes, 2 on computers, and the rest were doing silent reading. When I called this little boy to come read to me, he was crying! Another child had told him that those were "5 year old books" and made him feel bad. I talked him down and had the other boy write him an apology. I think they worked it out, but kids are so fragile sometimes, especially when they are lower academically! I hope I handled it right! He read me 2 of the 4 books and did GREAT! He in fact has just started reading since school started and in my opinion is totally taking off! When I did my first assessment on him he knew about 10 sight words and 20 out of 26 letter sounds and no diagraphs! He now knows all his letters, all the diagraphs (out of context) and is doing great invented spelling in his writing! I am very mad at the boy who said that. I also realize he pushes and punches other kids when no one is looking. I talked to a former teacher who said that was happening before as well.