By Amanda Woodle, 2019-2020 Literacy First Tutor
I am sorry I could not tell you this in person, and I am so sad that we had to say goodbye sooner than expected. But more importantly, I am so proud of all of the hard work you have put in and all that you have accomplished in this past year.
We had some really fun times together, didn’t we? I will really miss scouring the bulletin boards for sight words in the hallways, practicing writing words in your spelling book, and picking out the BEST stickers for your sticker book together at the end of a great lesson. Most of all, I will miss reading with you!
Thank you so much for working hard and trying your best all year long. Even when a sentence was really tough to read or a word seemed really hard to sound out, you never gave up. You always kept trying, and that’s what makes you such a great learner.
Think about how far you have come! You have learned so many new letter sounds, sounded out tons of new words, read countless sentences, spelled out a whole bunch of sight words, and explored new stories through reading. On top of that, you always did it with a positive attitude. Wow!
Keep trying to stay positive because it is really important, right now, to focus on the bright side and work hard to keep learning. Try asking an adult or sibling in your house if they want to read a book with you. Maybe even try digging up one of your old read naturally stories and practicing it with a sibling or cousin (or even your pet!).
You might be a little bored or scared or confused right now, and that is totally okay. It is okay to feel however you are feeling, but try your best to focus on doing something that makes you happy every day. It doesn’t matter if it is something small. Try to find at least one thing that makes you smile every day, like a flower on your porch, wearing your favorite shirt, or telling a joke. And if you’re feeling bored, try reading!
Things might get a little tough at times, but never forget to always work hard and try your best. When things get tricky, don’t give up. Just like with your sight words, keep trying again and again, and remember to stay positive.
Thank you for being such a hard worker this year. I hope you keep trying your best and reading whenever you get the chance.