It occurred to me that you might like to know why I created this website, and why I spent more than 2 decades consumed with literacy …
I struggled to help my boys learn to spell and read even though I'd trained as a teacher
Unlike my daughter, my boys just didn't get it, and nothing I tried made much of a difference. They used to say the only thing they liked about school was recess and lunch, and when they came home, the last thing they wanted was to do more 'school' with me.
The problem was, all I knew was school. I didn't know what else to do. So their skills didn't improve, and I found myself as frustrated and disappointed with my inability to help as they were with their inability to improve.
I decided to train to volunteer tutor adults
The training was good, but the tools we were given to use weren't. As I tutored, I continued searching for better ways to help. I felt there had to be better, quicker ways to learn. I kept adapting materials and methods to make them more useful and relevant to my adult learners. I found that worksheets, and workbooks didn't work, but activities that internalized learning did.
I was in the same situation I had been with my boys, there was so much they needed to learn, and too little time
At least that's what I thought until I started finding relatively few patterns in everything they needed to learn. I found that if I shared the few patterns underlying everything, it gave my learners confidence and motivation.
I uncovered the patterns in all the basic aspects of literacy from letters and sounds up to paragraphs and compositions
Then I took those bits and pieces and ordered everything from simple to complex, and from common to uncommon. I now knew: what people needed to learn, in what order, and in what way. When I used what I had created, my students achieved breakthrough results.
In fact, I had so much success tutoring, I thought I'd better share what I'd learned
Unfortunately, it takes a long time to create a website and shareable materials. I wanted my pages to be clean and easy to use, so I created my own images to help make learning even easier. I also created printable PDF's of instructions and tools, plus commercially printed materials ... and now I'm just whining, because it's all been very tiring!
If I'd known then, what I know now…
When my boys were struggling with spelling and reading, I wish someone had said to me, "Janet, this is what you need to do. .. you need to spend 10 to 20 minutes a day for 30 days, and here's exactly what you need to do on each of those days."
If you're learning, or helping someone else learn, and you can benefit from what I've created, please let me know.
Thousands of people are using my free resources, but very few people take the time to let me know how they are doing and what difference, if any, my gifts have made in their lives...