Helping Kids Learn to Read, So They Can “Read to Learn” by 3rd Grade

David Flash

“…from kindergarten to 3rd grade a child learns to read. From 3rd grade on a child reads to learn.”

Tomorrow I am going to a training session to start my second year as a Education Connection literacy partner or “reading buddy” for the rest of the school year, spending 30 minutes a week helping students learn to read on grade level by 3rd grade.

This is a huge deal to me. I have always been able to read to learn. I can’t imagine how my life would be without the ability to educate myself efficiently through reading. I didn’t have to imagine the struggle however, my highly-intelligent little brother, Michael, struggled with reading, and it made things hard. Sometimes I do things in my volunteering to honor my little brother’s memory, things I think he would care about. Education Connection, helping little kids get better at reading, is one of…

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