How I Learned To Read And Write

How I Learned To Read And Write
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. I couldn?t wait for my parents to come in my room at night and read to me from The Cat in the Hat. I think that this is one of the popular books that parents should read to their children.Every time my parents read to me, I tried to say the words along with them. As a result, anytime I had problems pronouncing a word, my mother made me sound the word out until I sounded it correctly. She told me to take each word, syllable by syllable.

When I grew older, I loved reading The Babysitter?s Club series. Each time I bought a Babysitter?s Club book, it had a section in the back where a girl could sign up to be part of what was known as The Babysitter?s Club. All a girl had to do was fill out the back portion of the book and send it in to a mailing address. It took about three weeks for a package to arrive at my house. It was fun being part of the club because I received three different books, bumper stickers, buttons, pencils, mirrors, and other things I thought were cool every month. They were the only books that existed in my life. I loved reading the series and wondering what the next story would be about.

Moreover, in elementary school, there was a program ?Book It,? which was a reading program to encourage children to read more often. We received special buttons that were worn with stars making public that we were students involved in the Book It. I do not recall exactly how many books had to be read, but after you reached a certain number you would receive coupons for free pizza. I know that is definitely what got me to read more often. I started to read anything I could get my hands on just to earn free pizza. All of the kids loved it! It was a great way to encourage kids to read a little more.

Although I may not remember much about learning to read, I do remember a little bit more about how I learned to write. I remember that my teacher had a chalk holder that held about four pieces of chalk. Each chalk was evenly spaced out so she could draw lines on the board to look like writing paper. We learned how to make our letters on the board. We used the big loose-leaf paper with the dotted lines in between the solid lines. She said we needed that kind of paper to make sure we wrote our letters right. There would already be a letter in the top left corner and I would just try my best to make my letters look like that one. We used the whole paper to do just one letter over and over again. We wrote our letters so much and so often that, that was when I first started to get a bump on my right middle finger. I used to hold the pencil so hard because I wanted my letters to be as good and dark as the example letter. I remember the letter that I had the biggest problem printing was the capital B. It always used to turn out looking weird. The letter that I loved writing was the S?s. I think I liked making the swirls going down. That was how I learned to print.

The same thing went for numbers as well. We would have a whole sheet of paper dedicated for one number to be written over and over again. It became a routine. We were assigned a sheet for homework every night.

I loved learning my numbers because my teacher made hearing the numbers like hearing a song. She also used the song method with the multiplication table, which was really fun to learn because it did not seem boring and was actually interesting. The five times table was the best. The repetition of the five sound helped us turn it into a song that I easily remembered. It did not seem as if I was actually learning. She clapped her hands, which got the class motivated, and got the class singing the five?s timetable.

However, when I learned to write in script, I think it was in sixth grade, we had a penmanship book. It was still like the paper with the solid and dotted lines, only the lines were not as big. It started off with just the script letters and then it gradually moved on into being script sentences that I was copying over. I liked the fact that the letters connected, they were on a slant, and were always curly. I always remembered grown-ups writing in script, so I began to feel as though I was growing up in life.

I always worked on my penmanship because I was jealous of my friend?s handwriting. Her handwriting was just so pretty and she used to write in script all the time. I was unbelievably jealous because her letters looked so nice and neat. When I used to ask her how she learned to write so nice, she would always say her brother taught her. So anytime she would write me a note in class, I used to take it home and try to make my handwriting look exactly like hers.

When I was in high school I realized that at that point of my life, I absolutely hated reading. I think it was because I always had to read books that I found not interesting. It was as if I was being forced to read all the time. I always received reading homework assignments and that was the worst. The readings always dealt with boring things that happened in the past. My school did this to try to prepare the students for the SAT?s. In junior year, when it came time to take the SAT?s, I hated it. After I was always forced to read books that were not exciting I never found myself simply reading for pleasure.

When I was younger, I was interested in reading. I loved leisure reading and used to get different books from the library at least once a week. As I have grown older, I read dramatically less and reading is more irritating. I hate reading and sometimes get annoyed when I have reading assignments in class. Through the years, there were readings that I was forced to read and did not enjoy. It has turned me off from reading for the most part. I know that reading is something that is important, but I also know that it is something that I hate doing most of the time.

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