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Learning to Learn

Literacy First tutor Sophie and her student Enzo have learned together the many pieces that make up a successful learning environment.

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Breathing with Ferdinand

A heartwarming story from Literacy First tutor Isabelle explaining how she’s using The Story of Ferdinand and a stuffed replica of the children’s book character to help her students breathe through a challenging year.

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Rainbow and Candy

By Clara Hart, 2021-2022 Literacy First Tutor I work with a very creative and lively kindergartener named Mateo. For the first few weeks of the school year, Mateo had some trouble sitting down and focusing for his lessons. He seemed to think that our time together was supposed to be all fun, and would become […]

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Tutors Teaching Students; Students Teaching Tutors

By Cody Hervey, 2021-2022 Literacy First Tutor My time serving as an early literacy tutor with Literacy First has been different compared to my first two years of national service. Serving as an AmeriCorps member with other programs was rewarding; however, it has been working with kids where I have come alive. There is something […]

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Only the Beginning

By Amelia Baxter, 2021-2022 Literacy First Tutor Today, my kindergarten student finished her 11th lesson and I decided to have her complete the mastery test to move onto the next section. Even though I wasn’t completely sure that she would pass, I decided to give it a try since she was having such a great day. […]

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Former Tutor Spotlight

Katie Van Winkle’s Service Comes Full Circle While working as a professor at Austin Community College (ACC), former Literacy First tutor Katie Van Winkle would interact with high school students participating in the Early College High School program (ECHS), an opportunity to obtain college credit while in high school. During one of her theatre classes, Katie […]

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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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