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Making Connections

Literacy First tutor Danielle writes about the unexpected joys made possible by technology during the unique 2020-21 service year – including the day she was able to facilitate a reading session for two best friends who had not seen each other in months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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It All Adds Up

Serving as a middle school mathematics tutor, a soon-to-be Literacy First tutor witnesses firsthand the connection between literacy and academic success.

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Las Hormigas

By Rachel Peterson, 2019-2020 Literacy First Tutor One of my favorite memories as a Literacy First tutor is about a kindergarten student I had that was very outgoing and friendly. His name is Alvaro. When I first picked him up, he told me a million stories on our walk to the classroom. I never had […]

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The Very Curious Student

By Tania Bruderer, 2018-2019, 2019-2020 Literacy First Tutor One of my 1st graders was more on the reserved, shy side when she started with Literacy First. Then, as she gained my trust, she started opening up more and more. She has a bright imagination, and asks many questions and is very curious about the world. […]

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Building Blocks of Literacy

By Gillian Pace, 2019-2020 Literacy First Tutor Through the past year of tutoring, my understanding of reading instruction has improved tremendously. Before I learned about Literacy First, most of my knowledge came from personal experience. My memories of early literacy are reading with my parents or little brother. I didn’t have any formal knowledge of […]

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Science with Oscar

By Diana Cabrera, 2019-2020 Literacy First Tutor I have loved science since I was an elementary school student. It wasn’t until 5th grade, however, that I realized that it was something I was truly interested in and perhaps good at. My science teacher was very passionate about science and shared my love for rocks. She […]

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Ready to Zoom!

By Amanda Woodle, 2019-2020 Literacy First Tutor Navigating the world of virtual tutoring has been an exciting, and sometimes challenging, adventure. Of course, this new territory comes with obstacles like poor internet connections or barking dogs in the background, but it also has allowed for some really fun and heartwarming interactions with my students.  One […]

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More than Reading

By Richard Hayes, 2019-2020 Literacy First Tutor Back in August, I knew why I was serving. Well, I was pretty sure. I was confident that helping children learn how to read is an effective use of time. I knew that via the nature of this work, I could learn, grow, and ultimately better myself as […]

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