As for my experience as a first-time volunteer (a recorder), I was very surprised at how simple and fun it was. I struggled to restrain laughter with one mom as we snickered over how comical her dragon roar was, or her random comments about how big something was in the book on Big things. There were also times when I was very tired or anxious, such as when the moms picked chapter books and read 15-20 minutes of a book (I later learned that I should have cut them off by 10 minutes, and let them know ahead of time that would happen).
The messages the moms left for their children on the recordings really struck me as the essence of WSP. The stories are two-dimensional, the sensory input of words and the imagination interpreting the words, but the mother’s love is a third dimension that only her children can enter.