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Keep Wondering

By YiKen Jongerius I have a student who always brightens up my day, whether she knows it or not. For example, if we finish our lesson early then we will draw on the Whiteboard feature on  Zoom. She loves to make up things for us to draw and even will give me a “grade” for my […]

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Virtual Reading Buddies

By Danielle Anderson, 2020-2021 Literacy First Tutor Working with students in a one-to-one setting with Literacy First gives us a special opportunity to really get to know our students and develop relationships with them. Not only does this help us better support our students and their learning, but it makes our work so much more […]

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A Grandparent and a Tutor

By Sylvia Rainey, 2020-2021 Literacy First Tutor The most gratifying statement I heard all year was from one of my second-grade students. “I finally got the hang of reading!” he announced proudly. This is a student who had started the school year struggling to read at 22 words-per-minute, and now he is able to read. […]

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Charlotte and Mr. Whiskers

By Sherri Goodner, 2020-2021 Literacy First Tutor This past fall, I started lessons with Charlotte, my first student as a Literacy First tutor. Charlotte is a vibrant, intelligent, inquisitive, studious young girl who is full of life. The fact that she is so inquisitive really made reading passages fun and rewarding. She asked the most […]

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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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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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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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