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Shaping Myself Through Reading And Writing

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Shaping Myself Through Reading and Writing

I might as well say, the minute I was born I was being read too by my parents. They were the type of parents that wanted their kids to be the best they could be, so reading to my sister and me was a way to promote many early skills that can help children succeed in school, work, and everyday life as they grow up. "Many studies have demonstrated that reading to children has many positive effects. For example, a study was made in Rhode Island Hospital to compare two groups of eight months old – one group was read to as often as babies, while the other was not. It was shown that those who were read to have their “receptive” vocabularies (number of words they understand) increased 40 percent since babyhood, while the non-reading group increased by only 16 percent" (Raisesmartkid.com). This explains that my parents were on the right track as they continued to read to us every night and even as the played audio books as we fell asleep.

Once I was in elementary school at Pleasant Hill, we started learning about creative writing. Even though I was never very good at it, it improved my imagination and skills as a young writer. Accelerated Reader was another curriculum that helped me excel to reach a higher level of reading. This was a program that assessed the student 's reading level and tested them on whether the students had completed reading a book and if they could answer basic questions over the plot of the story. The program
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