My favorite fourth graders have been considering aesthetic and efferent reading and which things they read that fall into each category. Their insights have been fascinating, stretching even to things like directions and signs. What we need to remember as teachers and fellow readers is that what one person perceives as aesthetic might be efferent for another person.
I have been reading a pattern aesthetically these past months, hoping to finish the "blouse" before the weather gets to warm to wear the cardigan sweater on my knitting needles. I love imaging how the knits, pulls, cast-offs, picked-up stitches, and sewn seams will become that sweater. Thanks to my grandma, who saved all her patterns, this 1944 booklet guides my hands and mind.