Working as a school psychologist and as a school counselor in elementary schools, I was concerned about many children in kindergarten through third grade who had poor learning habits. Most materials about how to learn begin at the fourth grade level.
Patterns of failure, poor study skills, and failure identity can be well established by fourth grade. My first book, Little Lemon: Activities for Developing Motivation and Memory Skills, provides early intervention by addressing that need with a fictional story, puppets, music, discussion questions, and lesson plans.
See some of the text and pictures. On the same page, you can see excerpts from two other Little Lemon books.
The subject of my master's thesis was Similarities-differences Concept Formation Training in Culturally Deprived Pre-school Children in Wake County, NC. Differences are more easily noticed than similarities. Both are needed for reading readiness skills, recognizing verb endings and their root words, etc. See Similarities - Differences Training and Other Activities with Dolch Sight Words.
The Dolch books were created in response to the popularity of the Dolch activities which I have on my site.
My educational background includes these degrees plus numerous workshops, conferences, certification renewal courses, etc.
BA in Psychology, Columbia College, Columbia, SC
Practicum for MS
Internship for Ed. S. in School Psychology
I've worked in school systems in NC and GA and in mental health and rehabilitation facilities in NC.
Many people have used my writing book and the free information on my Breezy Bits site to learn how to get their teaching ideas published.
I wrote A Basic Guide to Writing, Selling, and Promoting Children's Books: Plus Information about Self-publishing as a text for writing classes I taught. It was based on the needs and questions of students. This short book gives an overview and a variety of resources while allowing time to critique manuscripts in class.
Timeless tips about writing are in this book although it was published in 2000. Now it is available as an ebook from PayPal. It is available at Amazon only as a used paperback book.
For many years, I've been a published member of The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. My books include educational books and books which are just for fun. See excerpts from each of my books.
Visit my site for children, Bits about Horses.
I enjoyed writing a book about riding the waves at the beach and pretending that they are 10,000 White Horses. This is available in English and in Spanish.
Another book of fiction isThe Buggy That Boogied Away.