As a child, it is fair to say that I was raised by my grandparents. My earliest recollections date back to about the age of four. My grandmother managed an in home daycare with about ten students and 5 who would come after elementary school. It was open till 5:30 p.m. so I became quite familiar with the other students enrolled. Being that I was among the youngest I enjoyed the benefits of having twice the education as the other students. I would learn phonetics with them in class, and once they were gone, my grandmother and I would have special “reading sessions”. An activity I would profit from for the rest of my life.
I remember being in the class room and reciting the letters of the alphabet along with the sound they produce in a childish chant with the rest of my grandmas students. “ah ah apple, buh buh ball, cuh cuh cat, and duh duh doll”. Although this may seem juvenile, it laid the foundation for my literary capabilities. Along with the alphabetical training we also did handwriting
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get better grades drills. Yes, those books with the letter, a dotted version for you to trace, and blank space for you to continue to practice the letters. As cliché as that may seem, it was efficient nonetheless. Years of this repetition and memorization burned the base of the alphabet into memory.
My other resource of learning came from the many nights of me sitting in my grandmother’s lap and reading whatever books she had collected throughout her years of teaching education. We used to read everything from Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham to The Three Little Pigs. These reading can be traced back to the source for my love of reading. I remember her reading me each story, then having me read it after her. Whenever I would struggle with a word I remember her famous line, “Sound it out.” Simple enough, the truth is that most words can be read if the sounds to... [continues]
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