Why I love reading!

Why I Love Reading

You know how people have different things they do to “escape”? Well, reading is my version of escaping.  I like to read anytime; when I’m feeling happy, or down, or just simply want to be alone.  I love reading because when reading different books it gives me different points of views on how the characters in books deal with life. Some of the books I can completely relate to and other books are so cliche but, I read it anyway simply for entertainment. Even when I don’t have any new books to read I may reread my old books or I may even read on my phone! I think reading is great and it definitely helps expand my vocabulary. A couple of my favorite books are Insurgent, The Book Thief, The Maze Runner, and The Enemy are just a few of my favorite books and I highly recommend that if your’e teen then you should check those books out.


By Sabriyah Abdullah, freshman in high school


Why I Love To Read!

     I have been an avid reader since I can remember. For me, books are an escape from reality that provide a glimpse of another persons view. Through the eyes of the author, readers are able to recreate imagery that not only sparks interest but, provokes thought. I love reading because it requires imagination and contemplation in a way that often requires one to stretch their perceptions. There is nothing tangible and no one can measure or judge your interpretation of each passage. There is only you and your understanding. What you choose to receive from each chapter is paramount. I have found that reading frequently and consistently over the years, has greatly enhanced my communication skills both written and oral. I have also discovered that no matter how many times you read an author’s work, there are always new ideas and nuances to be unveiled. Reading Rocks!

by Veronica Brazil, Entrepreneur, graduate of Howard University and my beautiful, brilliant sister



Signs that it’s time your child may need a reading tutor.

Struggling readers who do not receive early intervention tend to fall further behind their peers, in some cases to the point that their reading difficulties become intractable (Stanovich,1986)In my ongoing research on how to help children improve their reading skills,  one of the suggestions that continuously would surface is, to get your child a tutor as soon as you see signs of your child having difficulty with reading. I understand some parents may not know when to go ahead, buckle down and get your child that extra help. Well I’m here to help you in making that decision by empowering you through showing you some of the signs that you probably have already seen so, that you know it is time to get your child the help need to become outstanding, avid readers.

  1. If your child’s grades in reading have been slipping. When your child’s teacher has been letting you know that they have been consistently not doing well on their reading assignments then you know it is time for a tutor.
  2. If your child does not like to read at all! Whenever you tell your child to sit down and read for at least 30 minutes and they say why do I have to read, or I hate reading, or reading is boring then it is time for a tutor.
  3. If your child’s reading test scores are below proficient then, it is time for a tutor.
  4. If your child’s reading homework is consistently incomplete. Whenever you are looking over your child’s homework and you are seeing blank answers or they are not answering the questions correctly majority of the time then it is time for a tutor.
  5. If your child lacks the confidence to read out loud. This one is for teachers and parents. So, whenever a teacher is asking your child to read out loud and they avoid it at all costs through being the ‘class clown’, being disrespectful, or getting upset and for parents when you are asking  your child to read for you and they start being extra silly, start to get angry and frustrated or they are taking a long time to sound out words that is below their grade level then it is time for a tutor.
  6. If your child has trouble explaining to you what has happened in the story. Some children may know how to word call really well but, if you ask them what the story was about and they look confused or they have a hard time telling you the important events in the story then, it is time for a tutor.
  7. If you as the parent do not have the time that you would like to help your child with their homework. I am very aware as a parent who has a very busy schedule of how hard it can be to be attentive to all of your child’s needs right away especially if you have a child who struggles with reading because these children really need your one on one assistance consistently. In understanding this reality, this is when you must say to yourself I am going to get a reading tutor, period!


Five Reading Comprehension Strategies

Reading comprehension skills separates the “passive” unskilled reader from the “active” readers. Skilled readers don’t just read they interact with the text( Reading comprehension is like the meat or vegetables on a sub sandwich, if you do not understand what you are reading then, you are just simply word calling, just like if you don’t have the meat or vegetables all you have is a plain sub bun.  This is why learning reading comprehension strategies is so crucial when it comes to helping your child get over ‘struggling reader’s mountain’.  In doing my’ handy dandy’research I have come across some very helpful strategies that I believe can help not only your young beginning readers but, also adults who may have reading comprehension struggles as well.

  1. Making connections. Making connections occur when you hook new information from a text to information you already know. Making connections can happen in three ways.  First, is Text to self which is when you make the connection between you and your experiences in the book. Second, is text to text, which is when you make a connection between the book you are reading and other books you have read. Third, is text to the world which is when you make a connection from what you are reading to things in the world.
  2. Retelling. This is when a reader can retell important parts of a story in her own words. For example, you could tell your child to draw pictures of what happened in the story from the beginning, middle and end.
  3. Asking Questions. This is a great tool for readers to increase their comprehension skills. For example, when you are reading aloud to your child you could periodically ask them questions during the story to make sure they understand what the story is about.
  4. Making predictions. Making predictions is a great way to test how well you are understanding the story. For example, the parent, teacher or tutor who is reading aloud could ask what do you think will happen next in the story or, before the story they could  ask what do you think will happen and,then have  a discussion at the end of story to see if your predictions were correct.
  5. Have a notebook,pen or pencil while you are reading or being read to. This is definitely a great strategy because you are able to write down questions that you may have about the story or if you are reading by yourself you could jot down words that you don’t know the meaning of which will actually help you get a bigger grasp of what the author was saying and, also you will see your vocabulary increase exponentially.


Black history is everyday!

Hero of Haiti!

Jean-Jacques Dessalines was born September 20, 1758 into slavery in the French colony of Saint Domingue. His parents were Congolese. Before he adopted the name Dessalines he was called Duclos after his plantation owner. Then he was bought by a free black landowner and that’s when he was given the name Dessalines after his owner. It has been said the harsh way that Dessalines ruled came from the way he was treated when he was enslaved. Even though he was illiterate, he could not read  or write, he learned quickly on how to become a fierce fighter when he was second in command under Toussaint L’Overture. He was given the nick name Tiger for his ferocious fighting skills and, he was able to help Toussaint capture the Spanish controlled eastern part of the Island of Saint Domingue. Unfortunately, after L’Ouverture was caught by the French, Dessalines had a great plan that led to the Independence of Saint Domingue. He pretended to side with the French so he could get insurgents and he was very successful. After the independence of the island was won he changed the name from Saint Domingue to Haiti which means ‘land of the mountains’. Then on January 1, 1804 the Haitian Declaration of Independence was signed by Dessalines. Shortly thereafter he changed his title to emperor and his wife Claire-Heureuse became empress. Dessalines was a true strategist, he worried that there would be slavery again and that the French would try to take over Haiti,  so he ordered a massacre of 5,000 white men, women and children, saying “I have saved my country. I have avenged America.” Two of the generals who were influenced by Dessalines, Alexandre Petion and Henri Christophe did not agree with what Dessalines ordered. Finally, on October 17, 1806 Dessalines was killed by two of his own lieutenants. His legacy and heroism is still celebrated in Haiti and around the world.