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I became literate through many different means There are three aspects of literacy spoken language reading and written language My journey to becoming literate started from birth My grandmother was a school teacher so I had an advantage over the average babyAdults around me would talk to me frequently My father was a stickler about people talking to babies in a normal voice instead of with baby talk By having this kind of stimulation I began listening to the sounds of the words being spoken to me As all babies do I tried imitating the sounds I heard I began to coo and babble back to my parents and other adults People would repeat the same word over and over to me I soon began to catch on and said my first word My first word was da da This was a big step in my literacy development as my first spoken word My father also didnt like people to use nicknames such as pumpkin to refer to me so I quickly learned my nameSkipping ahead a few years as my vocabulary grew I would try and say big words and they just didnt come out quite right I would try to say asparagus and it would come out bascarious I also tried to say spaghetti and it came out bascedy I began attending The Daycare of McLean County at age 2 They further helped in my quest to become literate I began to learn the alphabet at daycare My mother too worked with me at home to learn the alphabet One day my mother and I were at the park I was climbing the ladder up to the slide and she was climbing the ladder behind me I began to recite the alphabet and went through the entire alphabet My mother was astounded because she didnt even know that I knew the entire alphabet When my mother would be balancing the checkbook or
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