Mrs. Emerson’s third grade classroom was chaotic, but it didn’t matter to me. I sat at my desk immersed in the adventures of Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink; shielded from the background noise by the sights, sounds, and smells of mid-nineteenth century farm life bursting from its pages. Mrs. Emerson had a theory: Whereas other subjects were important, none was more so than reading comprehension. Through the pages of a book one could go anywhere, become anyone, do anything, and explore everything. I had learned to read in first and second grades, but that was the year I learned to love books. By the end of third grade, I had read nearly 80 books—and my pattern of learning was set for life.
Reading is the key to learning. Writing is the key to expressing what one has learned. Reading and writing together, forms the foundation for success. Every child needs a Mrs. Emerson; not every child has one. However, through one-to-one tutoring you can give your children the gifts of reading well and writing effectively. If you do, they will thank you for a lifetime.