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Teaching Children To Read: Something Everyone Should Try At Least Once

Updated on January 14, 2015
Reading is an essential part of life. Teaching someone to read is a great way to give back.
Reading is an essential part of life. Teaching someone to read is a great way to give back. | Source

When I was still in elementary school, my class was assigned to teach first graders how to read. While the experience didn’t last longer than that short time in elementary school, teaching kids how to read was a very rewarding experience. Not only did I get the chance to teach someone something that I loved to do and something that is so essential to learn, but I also got the chance to bond with a child.

Not everyone loves to learn to read. I think that especially when taught by a regular teacher, things can be harder to enjoy. I am not saying that there are not a plethora of good teachers in the world but rather that, sometimes, kids respond better when people that are closer to their own age teach them. Being able to relate to the person that is giving you the gift of knowledge is very important and so is being able to give the child who is learning, individual attention.

When I taught the child how to read (and yes, I still even remember his name), it brought me great joy. I could see that he was actually having fun learning to read and not just making the sounds of each letter because he had to. Having fun while learning is a great motivator and instead of sending the message to the child that reading is just something boring that teachers make you do, the child can learn that reading can be enjoyable.

I think everybody should try to teach someone to read at least once in their life. Reading isn’t only important because you have to do it for educational purposes, but also because reading is a part of everyday life. To drive, you have to learn to read. In order to go to a restaurant and order off of a menu, you have to learn to read. If you want to use a map or go somewhere and you need to see the name of the location, you need to be able to read. When you think about it, there’s only so much you can do without reading.

Additionally, I really think as Americans, we take reading for granted. There are so many subjects that can be difficult for us to learn; Science, Math, History, and some concepts of English. However, for the majority of us, we are pretty good at reading. Now, some of us don’t like to read if we don’t have to and that’s fine, but we still read all the time in some way or another. With that being said, it is crucial that we take a stand and help those who are less fortunate and who find it difficult to read. Even adults who have trouble reading are not stupid; they just lack the proper education and as human beings, we should all learn to help one another. We need to help each other to learn to read because as human beings, we all have a thirst for knowledge and we need to be able to understand the world around us.

The sad thing is that while for so many of us reading comes easily, we don’t share this knowledge. Many of us don’t even think twice about doing something that we are so used to and we tend to forget that there are people out there that don’t know how to read. Without reading, people would fail to achieve the universal goal of reaching their full potential. Yes, it’s true, if it wasn’t for that elementary school assignment of helping first graders learn to read, I probably wouldn’t have had the opportunity to help children read. However, I did and I will forever be thankful for that opportunity. Please, if you get the chance, try to find a way to help children read. They will most likely thank you and you will be grateful that you were able to be a part of their learning experience.

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