Visit number two and we've already got a couple of kids rushing up to give us hugs, shouting "Lindsay! Brenda!" Kindergartners are like sponges, soaking up everything they hear and see, retaining information.
After they finished writing, we had them draw a picture to match the setting. As the students worked, we asked them for ideas for the characters' names. We also asked what their favorite restaurant is (to be used later in the book). One of the kids had trouble thinking of a restaurant name so I asked him if he liked Olive Garden and he replied, "I don't go to Olive Garden. I'm Chinese." in complete seriousness.
Lindsay and I stayed at the school for 40 minutes, working with one child each. It was a great experience to see how a five or six year old mind works. They seem to want to please you but also are not afraid of being wrong, a form of confidence that I think students loose as they get older.
After the success of last Friday, I look ahead to the coming weeks eagerly.