My Literacy History By: Kate drilling

My earliest memory of literacy was when I was 4 years old. My mom and I would sit in her rocking chair and read a collection of the Dr. Seuss books.

My first attempt at writing was when I pretended to play "teacher" when I was 5 years old. I would invite the neighbor kids over and write on my white erase board while pretending to teach them.

My kindergarten teacher was very involved in teaching me how to write. We Would trace over the alphabet in class to help us practice how to write.

In 2nd-5th grade my parents forced me to at least 30 pages a day. They felt this was a good way to encourage me to read more and increase my reading skills. Unfortunately, this experience caused me to resent reading. For a long time, I felt that reading was a chore.

It wasn't until 6th grade, when I started to appreciate reading and writing. I’d have to say that my 6th grade teacher, Mrs. Dercher, was my biggest influenence when it came to writing. She let us write papers that actually interested us and She never limited us to just one topic.

My first positive memory of writing was in 6th grade when I wrote about my family trip to Florida. I was very impressed with my paper and received a very good grade on it.

My first positive memory of reading was when I was on my family camping trip in the 8th grade. Since there was no cell service, I was able to focus without having any distractions. I laid in my hammock while reading a great book and it was a very relaxing experience.

I have to admit that I still struggle with reading today. I am a pretty slower reader. I often get distracted while reading and it makes it hard to retain the information. Reading flows a little more naturally when I able able to read something that interests me.

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Created with images by EvelynGiggles - "Dr. Seuss collection" • MENI from ASO! & Soothe. - "Alphabet Wood Gacha" • jrubinic - "junin"

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