Module 2: Create a timeline of my experiences with reading and writing.
Created by kdarling11 on Jan 29, 2011
Last updated: 01/30/11 at 10:54 AM
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It is my goal to one day read the Bible from beginning to end. I have read many chapters, verses and entire books but never tried to read it from beginning to end. One day I will be able to add this great feat to my list of accomplishments.
My husband and I believe there is a direct correlation between the number of books in the home and the level of intelligence of children. With that being said, we have in excess of 600 books in our home and our children are not even of school age yet. They love books and are making great strides toward reading. At this rate, my son will be reading before his first day of school.
My boss bought me two books by Joel Osteen. These books help me to stay on course and offer encouragement when I am tired. These books continue to change my life.
I am teaching my children that reading is fundamental. Here is a picture of my son reading one of his many books. Note the book is upside down. LOL
I have come full circle. My children love Dr. Seuss as much as I do.
Once I found out that we were having a baby I ran to the bookstore and purchased What to Expect When You’re Expecting. As a matter of fact this series of books have been in full rotation. I have also read, What to Expect The First Year and What to Expect The Toddler Years.
Once I graduated, I was able to read for pleasure. I read all sorts of autobiographies and biographies. My favorite was Patti LaBelle's Don't Block Your Blessings. I still live by that principle today.
I taught summer school during the summer of 1997 to a group of urban students in a neighboring town. I had the pleasure of teaching African American Studies and Literature. In my literature class, the students really took to Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.
The time spent at WIU was formative for me. I really began to focus on determining who I was and what I liked. I took an African American Studies class and was hooked on autobiographies and biographies. Unfortunately, my studies and work schedule left little time for pleasure reading. As an alternative, I used every opportunity to incorporate some books that I wanted to read into my studies. For example, I took an entrepreneurial class as an elective for my MA degree. For my project, I focused on the creation of Motown which allowed me to read To Be Loved: The Music, the Magic, the Memories of Motown by Berry Gordy.
During high school I loved math; it was my favorite subject. Though I was in honors English, it was never my main focus. I did not know what I liked to read. I read all of my assigned books but never gravitated toward a particular genre. I would read each book with such high expectations. I wanted to feel what I remembered feeling when I read Dr. Seuss or Sweet Pickles as a child. That feeling never came but I did enjoy the satire of Animal Farm by George Orwell. It was my first introduction to satire.
My dad was involved in a car accident that rendered him legally blind. Prior to this accident, he could read two or three novels a week. Being an avid reader, he did not let this accident stifle his reading. He not only began to get his books on cassette he also learned braille and was reading again in less than six months. One of the first books he read was The Autobiography of Malcolm X. He had it in braille and on cassette. His perseverance made him an inspiration.
My mom subscribed to the Weekly Reader. Through them, I was introduced to Sweet Pickles Book Club. I absolutely loved these books! They taught lessons by allowing you to identify with the mistakes of the character and how they corrected the mistakes. I still have the entire set of 40 books in my library. They are in mint conditions. I buy extra copies that find at thrift stores just in case I need to replace one. My favorite is Goose Goofs Off.
Once I learned to read, I was so excited because now I could read Dr. Seuss all by myself. I had all of his books, atleast I thought I did. My mom could not buy them fast enough. I loved everything Dr. Seuss.
I started kindergarten when I was three years old. My mom was a volunteer for my sister's class. We were there so much that they gave us our own desks. I almost finished the entire school year. It was not until they recommended me for promotion to first grade that the school realized I was not a student. More importantly, I was too young to even be in public school. I was kicked out of school and had to wait until I was five to enroll. During the next school year my mom began teaching me to read with the basic books about Dick, Jane and Spot.
This book took me on a literary journey of emotions. It went from I do not like Sam-I-am or green eggs and ham and ended with I do like green eggs and ham and thank you Sam-I-am. My mother got me to eat all of my food with this book.