Entries from October 2017

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

Little memories

Somewhere in the furnace room in my basement is a cardboard box full of hardcover Dr. Seuss books. These books used to be on the bookshelf in my room, and every night I would ask my mom to read me the same book; Wish For A Fish. It’s the greenish-blue one with an octopus on […]

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

My Literary Conception

I’ve always loved reading and literature in general. Some of my earliest memories involve reading and how my parents would tell me not to read while I’m walking down the stairs or while I’m doing something else. However, there was no specific time, at least that my parents can recall, where everything just “clicked” and […]

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

Books, Books, Books

A huge part of my childhood was centered around books. My mom started reading to me when she was pregnant, like she did for my brother. When I was an infant, she started taking us to “story time” at the local library, which we attended for years. We were read to at home, too. Every […]

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

Learning to Read English across the Seas

Shortly after I turned one year old my family moved from their apartment in Chicago, Illinois to a little one story house with paper windows in Shinmatsudo, Japan. We lived in Japan for about 5 years before returning to America to live in Cleveland, Ohio. After returning we stopped speaking Japanese and I largely forgot […]

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

Learning How to Read by Reading

Reading has been my favorite activity for as long as I can remember; that being said, I have no recollection of how I learned to read. However, I’m pretty certain I enjoyed every moment of the process. Ever since I was a baby, I found looking at books and being read to the most magical […]

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

My Very First Book

I have a surprisingly vivid memory of the exact moment I learned to read. Well, maybe not the exact moment, but¬†close.¬† Up until this point, I would always only pretend to read. You know the typical image of a child “reading” a book upside down trying to act as if she knows exactly what she’s […]

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

Learning to Read

I learned how to read at around 3, no big deal. When I started being able to read in sentences, my dad made a big stink over how my mom bought a thousand dollars worth of books. Although I’d had a complete grasp of reading by age 5, literacy and being able to read was […]

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

Learning to Read through Exposure

I learned how to read gradually. At least that’s what my mom told me when I called to ask her, for the occasion of this blog post, if she had any memories to share with me about the process. She reminded me that I grew up in a house full of books, and that she […]

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

A Cheesy Account of Learning to Read

My experience learning to read was one of relative normalcy, I suppose. I never went to preschool, but I did go to daycare before kindergarten. Though not as rigorously academically oriented like a preschool, my daycare had story time, in which the teacher read picture books aloud to a large group of us. During coloring […]