Mae's Real Stories

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Tuesday, February 20, 2007


Learning to Read

Miriam is now in a reading group in kindergarten. I hope Miriam will tell me which books they are reading. Alice is also learning in school. She can write all the letters of the alphabet.

After I had been in kindergarten for half a year, I also began to learn to read. It was a little bit different, though because the school started a first-grade class half way through the year, and we went to school all day. We walked home at lunch time, ate lunch with our family, and then walked back to school in the afternoon.

The first books we learned to read when I was Miriam's age were the Dick and Jane books. I remember the names of some of the books: "Fun with Dick and Jane," "We look and see," "We come and go." Dick and Jane were two children who lived with their mother, their father, their sister Sally, and their dog Spot. I think the books that Miriam reads are more interesting.

I remember one book the teacher read to us. It was called "Horton Hatches the Egg," and it was by Dr. Seuss. Children in school and at home still read this book about Horton the elephant and many others that Dr.Seuss wrote afterwards. I still remember what Horton said: "I meant what I said and I said what I meant. An elephant's faithful 100 per cent." He kept sitting on the egg.

I, too, learned to read from the Dick and Jane series. I have a friend who has the entire collection of Dick and Jane books, and some of them are quite valuable. When we first moved to University City, there was a rental library on Leland Avenue (the street we lived on). I remember checking out and reading all of the Oz books. My children read Dr. Seuss books. The University City library was across the street from Delmar-Harvard School, and I would check out books from there a few times a week.
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