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Because...reading changes everything and IT ALL STARTS AT HOME!

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The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever.
Deuteronomy 29:29

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Hi! I'm Shannon

and my guess is that you are a parent or grandparent.  I'm so thankful that you have stopped by my little corner of the internet. 

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First Things First

As a parent, you are naturally your children's first teacher.  You teach them to eat, talk, dress, and tie their shoes.  You also love them, want what's best for them, and dream BIG dreams for them. 

I have been where you are.  A mom full of dreams for her littles (now her bigs).  I've been a working mom, a stay-at-home mom, a part-time working mom, and now an empty-nesting mom.  Every single one of these was hard.  Being a parent is hard!  We're never completely sure that we're getting it right.  We hate watching our kids struggle, especially when we feel helpless to solve the problem.  And even when they're not struggling, we're holding our breath. 

This is especially true about learning to read.  When our kids struggle, it wrecks their confidence and their joy in learning.  Parents are often left on the sidelines questioning and often wondering what they did wrong. 

The reality is we have a literacy problem nationwide.  67% of fourth grade students are not reading proficiently.  This crosses all ethnic and socio-economic lines.  Furthermore, some students are making passing grades and still not reading on grade level.  This is an educational crisis that has NOTHING to do with our children's intelligence.

I am here to make sure your child is not a statistic.  I will show you how your child's brain learns to read through proven, evidence-based strategies and activities that build family time and take less than fifteen minutes a day.

Reading should not be presented to children as a chore. It should be offered as a gift.

/ Kate DiCamillo

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