People frequently ask why I became a teacher when there were so many other opportunities available. My answer has always been that I participated in other opportunities to make myself a better teacher. Helping others learn to read was my main inspiration then and now.
Reading is a joy. I read to my kids from the time they were born. Happy stories, silly limericks, and newspaper articles – I wanted to be sure they knew that all kinds of things could be learned if they knew how to read.
Reading out loud is important because it helps parents and teachers know if words are being pronounced correctly. In a language where words like through and rough might share the same page, knowing the difference in sounds is vital to improving the knowledge of reading.
Books with pictures enhance written words. eReaders encourage reading. Play the alphabet game when driving somewhere with the kids. We always permitted saving letters like Q and Z because they are hard to find.
Thanks to everyone in my life for developing my love of reading and learning!