The first thing that I can remember is playing with my Leapfrog toys while learning the alphabet.
I also remember learning what sounds letters make and I even learned how to spell simple words with my Leapfrog.
The next thing I can remember is that my Mom would read "Hey, Al" to me before I would go to sleep when I was younger.
When I got a little bit older she would read me, "The Boxcar Children." This book is the first Novel that I can remember being read to.
When I was in 1st grade, we had weekly spelling tests every Friday. I learned early on that if I correctly spelled all five of the questions on the test, that I would receive 3 stickers. I really liked stickers in 1st grade, so I would make sure to come to school on Fridays ready to spell. I eventually began grading myself, I would even draw arrows for my teacher to place my stickers the way that I wanted.
When I was in 6th grade I read the first book by my favorite author, Sarah Mylnowski. The book was called "Bras & Broomsticks," and my mom gave it to me for a birthday present in 6th grade. When I got around to opening it I finished it in one night! At the end of the book was the first chapter to the next book in a three book series. I remember that I tried my best to not read the rest of the series as fast as I read the first book so that I could make it last.
I loved Mylnowski's young adult books so much that I saved my money to buy myself her adult book, Fishbowl. Little did I know that this was actually an extremely inappropriate! I remember bringing this book for Silent Reading and turning bright read this very sexually explicit book.
As a junior in college, I am usually asked to read a chapter, or an assigned reading, before coming to class. This is so that when I get to class I am familiar with the topic and can take additional notes while the professor reviews the information presented in the chapter. This also allows for my participation in class discussions about the readings.
While completing this assignment I noticed that my Mom was a huge influence in my reading. My mom helped me learn the alphabet and read me to bed every night. She made sure to send me to school on Fridays in first grade knowing how to spell my spelling words. My mom gave my my first Sarah Mylnowski book, and my second and third. My mom also used to take me to bookstores in the city to meet some of her favorite authors when they came to town.
I enjoyed working on this assignment, looking back at my literacy history was as fun as it was interesting. I also stepped outside of my comfort zone by not using a power point or a google slides presentation.