Slice of Life is a weekly event hosted by Two Writing Teachers.
As teachers, we frequently let parents know that they are their child's first teacher. As I think back on my own childhood, my dad taught me so much about being a reader, a writer, and speaker. Wisdom from my dad:
* Use different voices when you read out loud. It makes the story more interesting, and usually will result in repeated readings.
* Having neat things to write with encourages more writing. As a kid, I remember him bringing home ball pens that made writing much more interesting. Today, my daughter benefits from him as she often receives new notebooks, pens and the all important highlighter (the best one being the kind that has little sticky notes you pull from the side).
* Word choice. My dad always told us to think about how using certain words make us sound. The words might be cool to say, but what kind of person am I being when I use them?
* More word choice. Along with the above statement, I was taught the hard way not to say words like "screwed" or "suck". My dad knew they didn't sound nice, especially coming from a young person. So I was charged $1 every time I used one. I learned quickly to stop saying those words! I won't lie, they do slip out every so often nowadays, but I try to be conscious of my audience. Usually, it's my husband now :) And my dad wasn't that tough, he did give me the money back once I broke the habit.
* He also taught me grammar. I still get picked on for starting a sentence with a pronoun instead of the proper noun. But, I know when to use your vs. you're and its vs. it's.
* Both my parents took us to the library as kids but it was often my dad reading to us at night. The library has always been a part of my life thanks to my dad.
I guess it's no wonder I'm a reading specialist today. Thanks for the lessons, Dad.