Visit to the third grade at McKinley Grade School

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Visit to the third grade at McKinley Grade School

Last Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, I visited the third grade class at McKinley grade school as a Mystery Reader.  I spoke about how the book, The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore  Cooper changed my life in eighth grade.  All eight years I was in the low reading group, and I struggled with reading.  Our eighth grade teacher asked us all to pick out a book to read. I didn’t know what I was going to read.  But when one of the boys in my class who happened to be in the top reading group came up to the teacher with the book, The Last of the Mohicans, and returned the book to her, saying it was too hard for him to read, I decided then and there I was going to read it.  If I read that book then I was just as good a reader as anyone.  After finishing all 400 plus pages, and even enjoying the book, I felt like there was nothing I couldn’t accomplish.  I enjoyed writing and it was my strength all through high school and nursing school.  It was my love of writing and the desire to make it fun for others who were struggling with reading, writing and spelling, that made me decide to write my three books,  A Colorful Journey Through the Land of Talking Letters, An Amazing Circus of Phonograms Act 1 and An Amazing Circus of Phonograms Act 2.  I encouraged all the children to challenge their weaknesses in learning and see that they can master great things.  I also shared some readings from my three books.  They were a wonderful group to share with.

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