Imagine a world where we all achieve our full potential!

Hi, it's me, Janet Denison, I'm here to help. Let's get started!

Janet Denison at your service ...

I'm a myth buster, skills booster, and problem solver. My aim is two-fold:

  1. Ensure no one is held back by the myths most of us still believe about word skills
  2. Help fill gaps in skills and understanding in a quick, no-nonsense way

Some of my best ideas are shared free of charge …

I want to live in a world where everyone feels comfortable about their word skills.

When skills are weak, confidence suffers, weakening skills even further. Together we'll break that unhelpful loop and get those spelling, reading, and writing skills on track.

I won't give you a giant list of things to try …

I'll give you a short list of things to do.

That's right, improvements can be made quickly, easily, and painlessly. I promise you'll be amazed. The key that opens the door to new skills is tiny but mighty!

Get access to my unique insights into all the word skills …

Like me on Facebook  - If you want to be the first to hear about new ideas and offerings, like my Facebook page.

Email me:  janet@wordskillz.com - I'm approachable, and I check my email regularly.  I'd love to hear from you. What's the one thing you'd most like to improve?

I'll get back to you as quick as a wink ...

A smile and a wink from Janet Denison

Not everyone has the word skills they need. I'm on a mission to change that.

I believe we make learning harder than it should be. What's worse, we often make it hardest for those who struggle the most. We can do better!

There are skills, more basic than 'the basics'. These foundation skills support the rest. When learners can't progress, it's because these few core skills are missing! I'll help you fill in the blanks.

I love to make complicated things simple ...

In fact, this project has taken longer than I intended because I kept finding better, simpler ways to explain things, and better, simpler activities to promote learning!

Make things as simple as possible but not too simple.

I also believe in second chances ...

I think we should all have an opportunity to be the best we can be. We all know what it’s like to feel stuck, to not know what you don't know. It's impossible to make progress!

That's why I share most of my best stuff for free, so everyone, no matter what their age, background, or circumstances, can get the skills they need.

Getting gum stuck on your foot!

People come to Wordskillz to get unstuck ...

But don’t just take my word for it…

Choose the type of help you need and you’ll see what we can accomplish together! You'll take the first, most significant, steps on the road to better word skills. Without spending a penny, you'll discover if the help I offer is a good fit for you.

Use my resources for as long as you need them ...

You'll receive the most important stuff first, and it will prepare you, or your learner, to continue learning independently. If you want to dig deeper, stay with me longer. Otherwise, just jump in, then jump out whenever you've achieved your personal goal …

If you’d like to go deeper

Looking deeper ...

So who is Janet Denison?

I've homesteaded beside the Shuswap River, while raising 3 kids and running a toy business. I've also had a home-delivery business, been a farm worker, market gardener, coordinator of community environmental projects, and last but not least a preschool teacher, elementary school teacher and adult tutor.

What's next?

I'm currently living in the Okanagan in British Columbia, where my efforts are focused full time on supporting people through wordskillz.com.

What else do I care about deeply ...

besides my kids, grand kids, family, friends and literacy? ...nature in all her forms, healthy soil, clean water and air, biodiversity, global citizenship, peace and solitude.

 Sincerely,

Janet Denison

You're still here?

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...

Now you know all about me! What's your story?

Comment below or email: janet@wordskillz.com 

1 Comment

  • jdenison

    jdenison

    October 26, 2019

    It’s October 26th, 2019 and I have just enabled comments on this page. I’d love to hear from you!