Sheekha Dewan

Reading and teaching young ones how to read has a special place in my heart.  There is nothing quite like the feeling of completing a novel and parting with the characters, which often times feels like saying good bye to a friend (or “see you later” in the case of a multi-part book / sequel). I have early memories of staying up late (well past my bedtime!) to sneak in a few additional pages. As a child, books were the vehicles that transported me to faraway places and connected me with enchanting characters.

As a Montessori teacher for the past 13 years in Toronto, London and New York, and as a literacy coach, I have always wanted to share the love I have for learning and reading with my students. Instilling a love and appreciation of literature in both my own children and students is extremely important to me. It is one of the reasons I went through Writing Workshop, Reading Workshop and Literacy Coaching training at Columbia University’s Teachers College.  Reader’s Workshop has always been my favorite part of my teaching day.

Our home has more books than toys – I am raising two little readers (our 5-year old daughter’s latest obsession is reading to our 2-year old son). Reading is something we do throughout the day together – we read voraciously. The children watch me read, they read their own books independently, but our favorite family activity is reading together.