My Childhood was FILLED with literacy...
My Parents incited my love for reading, every night they would read my siblings and I a bedtime story; I loved listening to them read about different characters, adventures, and magical places! They could never put us to bed after only reading one story... we always wanted to hear more. They would bring us to the library often, tell us stories,
and encourage us to read and write in our journals!
My love for literacy continued to grow
But My Nani Was The Biggest Influence Of All
I was the first grandchild, and so as soon as I was born my Nani retired from her teaching career to watch me when my Parents had to return to work.
We would learn something new every day... She would work with me on printing, learning to spell words, reading stories, answering questions, and talking about what we loved in the books!
This is a more recent depiction of the songs we would listen to!
She made learning SO fun and effortless. We would sing and dance to old tapes that taught letter sounds and the alphabet for hours! She would read out loud to me and every book was fun and exciting because of her enthusiasm.
It's about a friendship between the tree and a young boy, and as the boy grows, the tree gives everything she has to him so that he can be happy. She acts out of love and sacrifice putting his happiness over her own; acting selflessly.
Her favourite book was The Giving Tree. She would read it to me all the time, and I grew to love it just as much! It wasn't until I was older that I realized the powerful message it carried...
I continued to read all of our favourite books, over and over, and I was reminded in a round-about way how unifying literacy can be.
Some literacy we can relate to, some literacy we can share, sometimes literacy can be the way we leave our mark on the world.
When I teach I want to empart this to my students;
I want them to love learning as much as I do; I want to cater to their interests, make literacy exciting, set a solid foundation for them to grow from, expose them to literature that has strong moral messages, and empower them to leave their mark on the world, through writing down their own stories.
I want to be their GIVING TREE.
As it is articulated in this course, literacy is a social practice- influenced by social settings and interactions.
Therefore as an educator I want to create a classroom ennvironment that establishes opportunities for the students to be...
My teaching philosopy
now entails Literacy being
implemented HOLISTICALLY to appeal to the
and kinesthetic learners
Thank you for reading my story!