This helped me understand and develop a favorite book, “PJ Funny Bunny,” and I would stare at the pages pretending I was reading them. I would continually pretend to read with other Dr. Seuss books, Smurf pop-up books (I imagined I was a part of these for hours), sniff & scratches, and sensory books. I had just begun encouragement to learn literacy. I always had a fascination when I would watch my Mother or Grandmother write (with their neat handwriting) or read something. I too, as a toddler, wanted to write just as well as they did.
My memories of learning to read are similar. I remember my mother reading me picture books with large print that somehow turned in to reading sentences. Most of my early memories of learning to read and write include sitting with my mother, older sister and brothers. I had never really thought about the influence your family has on your reading
My sister would read me stories from her own books and it confused my little head, considering that the level of education she was in was high for me at that time. As I think of it now, it was not a bad idea since it prepared me for a more complex learning to come ahead. My teacher taught me to write my name and simple words. A few years passed by and I started to gain confidence in my reading. I would go through my father’s newspaper and read, though I stammered reading word by word.
I realized that I could be anywhere in the book. I learned how to identify myself with those characters and I tried to relate to what they were experiencing. My sister was the greatest inspiration for me to boast my interest on reading story books. I started reading 2-3 story books a day which helped me a lot to improve my reading skill, but somewhere it also played as a drawback on my reading interest that I was interested reading nothing else but just a short story books. It around grade 8-10 when I realized my strength as a writer.
When I was two, I started preschool at my synagogue. In preschool, I continued to learn the alphabet and I learned to recognize my name. Reading has always been a big part in my life. When my mom was pregnant with me she used to read to my older brother, so in a way she was reading to me too. When I was a toddler, my favorite books were
In order to develop my English vocabulary since I could not practice my English at home my teachers would often read me books in English or sing songs in English so I could start developing my vocabulary and start identifying objects. By the end of five years old I could identify the basic colors like purple, red, and black and sing “The wheels of the bus go round and round”. My mom said that when I was a preschool I would always read and sing the songs that I learned in
She began to teach me both Ga and Twi. Learning these additional languages allowed me to better appreciate language and the mechanics involved in reading, writing and speaking. My insight into this halted my derision of people when they committed errors in language. Although my mother read bedtime stories to me even before I could talk, I only began to take an interest in reading when I was ten. Up until that point, my main source of literacy, apart from school, had been video games.
Reflecting back own my own personal experiences with books, I would consider myself an avid reader motivated for the enjoyment of a good story, from my elementary years to now in high school. The development of the lifelong skill of reading begins in kindergarten. There young minds begin to understand the concept of a word and the meanings behind it. As a kindergartener I began to learn the basic of letters by sounding them out, and soon began to realize how they would connect into the words in books that I would later enjoy. The stories would come alive in my imagination as I read the words and looked at the pictures.
Ron Padgett, the author of Creative Reading, recalls how he learned to read and write as though these things happened yesterday. Like Padgett, I tried recalling my reading and writing history. When my parents read to me, they enjoyed reading Dr. Suess books, which became popular with the publication of The Cat In The Hat. I was only interested in looking at books with color. When the books were colorful they grabbed my attention quickly.
As I began this paper, I explained the process that I went through as I learned to talk. Literacy isn’t only the experiences one has with reading and writing, it is so much more than that. My literacy story has been enhanced through my interests, experiences and life. During my high school years, I always found myself taking care of children, whether in a school setting or babysitting. I found that I work well with younger children and that it’s amazing to see how they learn.