Growing I attended a Lutheran school from kindergarten till my sophomore year in high school. Going to a Lutheran school I had many connection and resources. Everyone knew everyone and the teachers knew you at a very personal level. You also had very close relationships with your classmates because you started kindergarten together and continued your education with them till twelfth grade. I liked that my teachers new me on a personal level. They knew my strengths and weakness in school.
Kindergarten to second grade I never had a problem with reading or writing. When I entered the third grade the expectations of knowing how to read turned to reading and comprehending the meaning of the text. I thought that this would be very easy for me because I could read the text so why couldn’t I just comprehend it? I struggled with comprehending what the author wanted me to take from their story. My teacher Mrs. Brandt knew I was struggling in this area and she tried to help me better understand each story. She said, “Do not just read the text look at the meaning behind each word. There is always a reason an author uses a particular word, either to make their reader feel an emotion or to think about something at a deeper level.” I thought about what Mrs. Brandt had said and started to look for the meaning of each word and why the author used that particular word. This helped my level of comprehending a story only increase a small amount.
A few months later we had parent teacher conferences. Mrs. Brandt talked about her concern of my comprehending level not increasing at the same rate as my classmates. She told them she had been working with me one on one, but that I needed more practice and more one on one time that she could not provide. She suggested that my parents take me to a tutor or to Sylvan Learning Center. Mrs. Brandt stressed that comprehending was a very important skill to have and that if I did not acquire the skill I would...