Learning to read is a difficult, but interesting phenomenon. Like most children’s experiences, I remember having difficulties with learning to read. For me, the first step in the reading process was listening. I remember my parents would read me different types of books such as Dr. Seuss, or Clifford; this allowed me to get used to different sounds. Having heard these sounds from someone else, I was then able to practice pronouncing them myself. Eventually, I would put the sounds together, block by block, to make a word. I would break down the words into small sections to make it easier to manage. If I was stuck on a word, I would look at the pictures on the previous pages to try to get a sense of what was going on in the story. To supplement my reading learning process, I would watch educational TV shows such as Sesame Street, which helped me learn the alphabet. When I reached elementary school, I may not have been the world’s greatest reader, but I was, however, a very good speller. I remember always making it to the final round of my school’s “spelling bees”. For some reason, I found that I was better at visualizing words than actually pronouncing them. Sometimes I wonder if this had anything to do with the way in which I learned to read…
Fast forward to college and in some ways one could say that I am still “learning to read”. Reading is a concept that we have a tendency to take for granted, even though it can always be improved upon. I have learned to read faster and more efficiently through the courses I take, and the different types of reading techniques I have learned in school to improve comprehension. One could say that reading is a continuous process, because there are always ways to learn how to read better, faster, and more efficiently.