This year, I have the pleasure of working with Reading Partners, a volunteer organization that gives specialized tutoring in reading and comprehension to children in public schools. Along with a partner, I have been meeting weekly with a young student from the first grade of PS 188. My partner and I have only been working with this organization for 6 weeks and will continue to work with them until late May. However, over this short time, I have seen my student grow from barely reading their alphabet to reading short picture books completely on their own.
Reading is a skill that many of us take for granted, but many people struggle with. It is a fundamental skill needed for learning, and I am glad that I can help my student progress and develop their skills. In a short time they have improved exponentially and I cannot wait to see where they grow by the end of this year.