First Encounter with Books

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Shaun Strickland
6/26/10
EDUC 526-905

I have to be honest upon looking at the prompt of this short reflection, I truly began to struggle. “My first experience with books,” “how am I supposed to remember that?” The following question will be a bit easier to answer as my memory was fairly well developed by my first positive and negative writing experiences. All of the above have had a tremendous impact on who I am today as a student and as a teacher. These experiences also have helped me to structure my practices in and out of the classroom, as I try to give these students the best and most recent information to better their classroom experience. My earliest experience with books brings a couple of thoughts to mind. First book I always remember was a book called “Double Trouble.” The book was about twin raccoons that would get into all types of mischief. At the end of the book they were always forgiven and reminded that no matter how bad they think it is they will always be loved by their parents and by each other. The book has truly stuck into my mind as I in fact have a twin brother. Through our adventures and ups and downs we would get into all types of trouble but by the end of the day he and I were inseparable and our parents and have never loved us any less (even after our antics). It was somewhat inspirational as my mother was a single mom and my grandparents were our second set of parents. The book has always been a constant reminder of “accidents happen and that doesn’t make your family love you any less.” As far as books that I remember reading for school purposes, most were things like “The Bearenstein Bears,” “Goosebumps,” and the ever popular Dr. Suess books. I think I read every “Goosebumps” book from cover to cover; it was perfect for grade school reading. These books were also perfect considering that there was a book report due just about every two weeks. Since the books were entertaining it made them easy to finish and needless...
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