Neither of my parents received a college degree. My mother did not even graduate high school; she dropped out in the ninth grade. As any parent would, my parents wanted only the best for my sister and me. They always pushed us to be the best we could be. It was definitely a struggle to get us to learn to read.
When it came down to school, especially reading and writing, they pushed us the hardest. It was very important to them and I never understood why. I never wanted to listen to them. I was very defiant when it came to learning. They were only my parents, what did they know.
I started kindergarten at Arden Road in Canyon. I was going to be a Road Runner! In kindergarten I started learning with phonics. My dad used to say “Phonics, that’s the best way to learn,” and I could barely pronounce the word phonics. In phonics you start out by learning the alphabet and the different sounds of the letters. I always had a hard time with the letters “c” and “k”. After we got the alphabet down we started learning how to put letters together to make words. We would put letters such as “a” and “t” together to make the word “at.” The words got harder and harder throughout the school year. In nine months we went from learning the alphabet to being about to read short books, and pronounce just about any word. Some students in my class were even reading short chapter books.
My mother used to laugh at me because I would mix up the words “lick” and “like.” I might say something along the lines of “Mom! I lick that show on TV,” and she would just reply in a laughing and comforting voice “Honey, don’t you mean you like that show? You can’t lick the show...”
In the first grade we started using Accelerated Reader. Accelerated Reader is a program where you get points for reading. I liked reading with Accelerated Reader because it was easy. You would read a book, and take a test over the book. That is how you would get your points. By the end of the year I was...