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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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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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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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Zooming into a New Role

By Brittany Barcliff, 2018-2019, 2019-2020 Literacy First Tutor As all of Literacy First knows, life has been different lately. Our 7:30 a.m. morning rituals with our team of tutors have shifted to quiet home-bound Zoom meetings. The boisterous noise of students, each working their way through a new story or skill has hushed to the […]

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Slow and Steady

By Diana Cabrera, 2019-2020 Literacy First Tutor At the beginning of the school year, I began working with a first grader named Arielle. She knew her letter sounds and could blend them into syllables, for the most part, but when it came to reading, she would switch all sorts of letters and vowels, sometimes even […]

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Grow as You Go

By Diana Cabrera, 2019-2020 Literacy First Tutor Becoming a Literacy First tutor has been one of the most spontaneous events in my life. While I theoretically enjoyed working with children, I never imagined myself at a desk working on reading fluency with a young student. It was one of the best decisions I have ever […]

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My First Student

By Bailey Barfield, 2019-2020 Literacy First Tutor As I get acclimated to this new normal of sheltering in place, I have had a lot of time to reflect on my service year up to this point. On the Monday when we all should have been returning to school after spring break, I found myself thinking […]

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Cracking the Code

By Illan Kunik, 2019-2020 Literacy First Tutor During Literacy First’s pre-service training for tutors, I remember hearing incredible stories from past tutors and Supervisors about students who, as they described it, “broke the code before their eyes.” What they meant by this is that all of a sudden, whether it be during a lesson or […]

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I can finally read!

By Anna Latimer, 2019-2020 Literacy First Tutor Once upon a time in a faraway land, there lived a magical individual, who every day turned into something different. One day, she was a cat (or so she claimed). She had been about to leave her jacket at my tutor station for the day, but when I […]

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Bittersweet Success

By Diana Cabrera, 2019-2020 Literacy First Tutor
At the beginning of the school year, one of my kindergarten students, Calvin, came in knowing about 13 letter sounds…

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