The children were writing sight words with their fingers on carefully sealed zippered baggies filled with a thin layer of paint. “As,” I heard the teacher say , stretching the letter sounds and repeating the word, while I wandered from desk to desk, saying hello and giving quick hugs to kindergartners who were busy tracing letters to create words and proudly showing their results to one another and their teacher. “Ready for another?” their teacher asked as they laid their bags on their desks and smoothed out the paint so they could start over. Their delight with the activity was evident in the enthusiastic “Yes” that most called out. “Is,” their teacher said aloud, again repeating the word and emphasizing each letter sound. Little heads looked down and fingers got busy on baggies. Determination and delight reigned the room as I slipped out the door.