No parent or teacher can get a student to learn without the student’s co-operation, however as I discovered my ability to read and understand texts through slow self learning, ultimately led to a greater desire and higher confidence to read and write. For me, it’s not a single moment that provides a mark in which my understanding of literacy and arithmetic happened. Instead, my various smaller memories form a whole, like a puzzle if you will. In turn, I want to show how the gradual gathering of each memory eventually led to my better understanding and comprehension for reading and writing. As I feel my understanding and grasp of literacy was lead by the totaling of my experiences over time.
I was given a mostly phonics approach when it came to learning to read, which helped me to read longer, more complicated words aloud at a young age. I particularly liked the multisyllabic words. As a child I can remember constantly losing where the class actually was, while writing and reading for as long as half the school day on my own. Grammar, spelling and reading, really just language arts in general were always where I did best in elementary school. As a child I also recall being stressed that your drive for reading was very much swayed by your reading success, thus I was given a constant digestion of "easier" texts in which I could read correctly, plainly, and with true understanding. Though easier, my constant success of these texts helped to build my confidence as a reader and ultimately gave me more motivation and will to read.
In middle school, for whatever reasons, my already small writing interests seemed to fade completely but my passion to read and comprehend was still very strong. As I went forward in middle school I became significantly more involved in sports, friends, and my interests in other subjects seemed to disappear slowly. However English always remained my favorite and most avid subject due to the fact I understood just how...