Edith Wharton (1862 - 1937)
On one of my Barnes and Noble excursions, I came across a book entitled, Really Reading. This little book really got me thinking--about the process of learning to read--the mechanics, and the subtleties, and now,as the parent of three High school and Middle School age Children, I realize that
But What is a Good Reader? And How does one become one? And what is a good Mentor, and Why should we bother?
The process begins with the mechanics:
The very basics of sounding out words, and also recognizing words by sight.
Now that the mechanics are under our belt, the question is, Do we understand what we've read? or are we just on auto pilot.
Without Vocabulary acquisition, fluency, the mechanics of sounding out, and recognizing words by sight, Comprehension is impossible. Mentoring, on the other hand is very possible. Each one of us has the potential to become a mentor, and each one of us is a mentor, if but only through our observed actions.