There is nothing more gratifying than to watch the skill of reading and writing open up to a child. We will begin this class by laying the foundation of the blessing of the ability to communicate through language and the importance of being good stewards over this gift. We will discuss the importance of phonemic awareness such as rhyming, hearing beginning, middle and ending sounds in preparing a child to read. The ability to decode words phonetically is an asset to any child in developing literacy skills. As a child uses the skills of phonetic decoding, spelling, reading, and writing words, he is able to create his/her own sentences. Excitement for reading is guaranteed when a child is able to read his or her own writing. Parents have the delightful opportunity to read to their children, listen to them read, and model authentic reading and writing skills in daily life.
Presenter: Lilly Taylor has devoted her life to children. She has over thirty years’ experience teaching in grades 1–4. Lilly and her five sisters were raised on a sheep ranch in Emery County, Utah. This is where her love of country, nature, and animals began. Following high school graduation, she worked summers at Dugway Proving Ground, and in Bethel, Alaska to supplement an academic scholarship. She holds an Associates of Arts Degree from Dixie College, a Bachelor’s Degree in elementary education from Brigham Young University, a Master’s Degree in diverse learning from University of Phoenix, and is currently certified in grades 1–8. She has been the recipient of district-level Teacher of the Year and Teacher of Excellence awards. As rewarding as those opportunities have been, her favorite time has been nurturing, teaching, and learning from children. Upon retiring from the Alpine District and completing a CFA assignment at BYU, Mrs. Taylor taught third grade and served as the reading/math specialist at American Heritage School and is currently developing a language arts curriculum for Latter-day Learning. She was invited to return to the BYU McKay School of Education in the fall of 2014. Mrs. Taylor and her husband, John reside in Alpine, Utah. They have 11 children and 21 grandchildren. One daughter served in the Navy and two sons are serving in the armed forces.
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