Bio: Leigh Ann, the daughter of curriculum writer Carol Burton, earned her teaching degree from The Ohio State University in 1992 as well as her masters from Liberty University in 1994. Her classroom experiences include teaching 2nd grade in South Korea (where she taught six students to read with the help of her mother over the phone), and every grade 3-8 in the states. She currently teaches in a special needs classroom where she daily uses her Burton Reading training with her students. She homeschooled her own four children through their beginning years, teaching them to read and write while working with her mom on writing it all down/filming it for others to have the same joy. She loves sharing what she has learned both as a homeschool mother and in mentoring with her reading specialist mother with younger homeschooling families.
“I just wanted to let you know I am homeschooling my 3rd kindergartener using your reading program, and they have all learned so well. I love your program, and your books are the best first readers I have ever seen. The stories are great, and I love having a new story each day that corresponds with the lesson. You also did a great job equipping me to teach. God bless you!”
Beginning Reading: The Power of Praise
Praise first, praise often, and praise specifically. When done correctly, praise is one of your most powerful teaching tools. But if you don’t know what good readers do, all you see is what they are doing wrong. In this workshop, you will learn specifically what good readers do so you can use praise to encourage your child. You’ll learn how to make beginning reading fun for everyone and how to teach powerfully as you learn the proper use of praise. It will change your teaching style for the better in all subject areas.
Beginning Reader? Problem Reader? How To Be SURE Your Child Becomes A GREAT Reader and Writer
For a child to be a good reader, he needs to know phonics PLUS many sight words PLUS various reading strategies using real books, all taught with each child’s learning style in mind. If any of these pieces are left out, you run the risk of having a problem reader. This workshop teaches what needs to be included from the beginning of a child’s reading program for him to become a great reader. If your child struggles, learn why and what to do about it.
Things NEVER to Say to Your Beginning Reader
Words are powerful! You want to build confidence in your beginning reader, and avoid words that will discourage. Often, phrases are used inadvertently that build learning blockades which later take extra work to tear down. In this session, you will learn how to be intentional in what you say as you teach. You will learn the philosophy behind avoiding these common phrases and be better equipped to teach your beginning reader.