Canberra Times letters: peak pleasure of helping children learn how to read

By Letters to the Editor
Updated July 1 2021 - 5:32pm, first published June 16 2019 - 2:00pm

For about 10 years now I have been visiting local primary schools helping "slow readers". It's the pro bono work that I love. The pleasure I get from hearing such a child discover a word by sounding each letter phonetically is a peak experience for me. So I am not surprised to hear the Red Cross reading project is going so well ("Phoebe has dyslexia", June 14). In addition to the teacher's and student's delight, this project contains the possibility of turning around our lamentably poor national literacy status. My only surprise is more retirees don't take up the opportunity to volunteer for this at their local school.

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