I have been an educator for most of my working life, and encouraging the development of knowledge and skills is one of the things I love to do – along with making images and writing. Creating the Phonics with Feeling readers was a way of bringing together all these things that make life meaningful for me.
I taught language and literature in universities for many years, and got a real buzz out of introducing young adults to the joy of reading and writing. In creating the Phonics with Feeling readers, I wanted to help set children along the path of loving reading – of enjoying not only good stories but also the way language plays with us, and we can play with it, with its rhymes and rhythms and layers of meaning.
I taught my own children how to read, and, more recently, I’ve been teaching my grandchildren to read. When I began looking for suitable readers several years ago, I wasn’t satisfied with what was available, and so I began writing and illustrating stories, applying the principles of Systematic Synthetic Phonics.
In the process, I’ve done an enormous amount of research. I’ve read endless books and articles, and I’ve talked to teachers and parents and professionals in the field of reading support and development. I’ve spoken to teachers who feel they haven’t received adequate tuition in teaching reading, and to parents who don’t know much at all about how their children are being taught to read.
There is an overwhelming volume of material available on the internet, so on this site I’ve tried to provide a manageable introduction to the essential information as well as to the resources I’ve found most useful. I’m not an expert, so I provide links to appropriate sites where expert information can be found.