JOHN HOPE’S HISTORY
READING HAS A HISTORY AND NEEDS STIMULUS.
John Hope was born in the REPUBLIC OF TANZANIA (East Africa) in 2002,) in a camp of BURUNDIAN refugees in MUYOVOSI- MTABILA, district of KASULU, province of KIGOMA-TANZANIA. Although he was born in Tanzania, his true homeland is Burundi. John Hope was born in a Christian family and he was the first born. Hope is now turning eleven and he has lived with his parents in the USA since 2007. He is in fifth grade and is an accelerated reader at his school. He speaks English and little bit of Kirundi and some Spanish, Chinese, and French that he learned online. John Hope loves reading so much that he declared he has “a goal of reading up to the moon.” At home, Hope likes to play soccer (football) with his friends, swimming in the pool, and playing games on the computer.
I am Hope’s father and my wife and I were also born out of our home land (BURUNDI). There is a legend that says the country of BURUNDI is full of milk and honey (the most beautiful country in the world). We are both over 30 years old and we finished high school in Tanzania. We were elementary teachers in the Myovosi refugee camp which is assisted by the UNHCR and UNICEF. When we were ten years old, we did not have as many opportunities to read books as our son does now. He is an amazing boy; in only nine months Hope had read, finished, and passed book quizzes and vocabulary tests. My wife and I believe that it is better to start reading at an earlier age (from 4 or 5 years old). For example, Hope‘s little sister( one year and 10 months) already goes to the public library to look at pictures from the books. She has fun in the public library. We, the parents are instilling a love of reading in our children. We want our other children to have just as much or more of a love for reading as Hope does. We love them and we will offer them opportunities as we can.
We have a lot of books in our home but, Hope always asks us why we cannot read books like he does. That’s because reading needs practice and time, and we did not train our brain for reading like he is doing now. Now, for us, it is too late to read books. We read newspapers, watch movies on YouTube, Net Flix, and play games on the computer. Some American citizens who are over 75 years old, still have the capability to keep reading because they started at an earlier age. We finished high school without reading books; we copied the summary notes from the black board into our notebooks. We were forced to create book summaries and memorize them for the test or exam. Today, we acknowledge strongly the importance of reading. We struggle now when it’s time for us to express our opinion in public. For example, when we have a doctor’s appointment we know what to say, but we need to know the best words to use. Today, the best way to feel free, to get a better job, to make a good conversations at work, at church, or with friends in the USA or somewhere else, is to memorize new words. It’s important to review them, stock them as a pile in our memory, use and reuse them over again and again. The more, we use specific vocabularies, the more people think we are intelligent. The more we know vocabularies, the better we are. The more words we know, the faster we understand a story in a book or in a movie. The more we use words within different situations, the more we know the style and the speed of that word in a phrase. And the better our destiny is.
The more we educate ourselves, the more educated our children will be. The more educated our children are, the greater our country will be.
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