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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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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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Confidence, Earned

By Illan Kunik, 2019-2020 Literacy First Tutor One of the things that I am most frequently asked about regarding my experience as a Literacy First tutor is simple: what is my favorite part of working with the kids? Such a simple question can be one of the most difficult things to answer. For starters, there […]

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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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11 a.m. on a Wednesday

By McKenna May, 2019-2020 Literacy First Tutor It’s 11 a.m. on a Wednesday and I’m sitting at home, on my couch, trying to type with a dog on my lap. This doesn’t seem like a bad place to be. I love my dog and this couch is very comfy. If this were a weekend or […]

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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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Finding my Passion

By Rachel Peterson, 2019-2020 Literacy First Tutor Teaching children to read has become a beautiful passion of mine.  I read the other day about passion, and the word had such connotations of suffering attached to it until recently. Now the entirety of us is concerned with finding their passion. So if it means to suffer […]

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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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Reaching a Reluctant Reader

By McKenna May, 2019-2020 Literacy First Tutor I’m a first-year tutor with Literacy First, and with that comes some unique challenges. I had to figure out how to organize my desk, my role in the workplace dynamic, and how to connect with my students in the pursuit of reading. While I have ample experience with […]

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