My story about becoming a Word Nerd started about 15 years ago. My first 14 years of teaching were in the 1st grade classroom. This is where I learned the importance of building a solid foundation for reading and spelling for my students. However; there were always a couple of students every year who struggled and couldn't grasp the spelling/reading connection. This sent me on a journey to becoming an Academic Language Therapist. A BIG part of this journey started with Susie Word Nerd! Why has this become my passion? Seeing students struggle to read & spell brought back many memories of my own struggles in school. School was hard. It seemed easy for everyone else. I thought I was stupid. It wasn't until I was in college that I realized I was smart & capable, I just learned differently. I did not want one of my students leaving my First Grade class feeling the way I did growing up. My passion to accomplish this grew every year I taught. I had a great desire to know more about how to help my students, especially those who struggled the most, with reading and spelling. This is where Susie Word Nerd comes into my story. During my seventh year of teaching, I met Susie. She and a couple of other teachers on our fabulous first grade team were Certified Academic Language Therapists. I would listen to them teach & wanted to know how I could learn all the different rules and strategies that helped with the reading and spelling successes of their students. I couldn't wait to begin my training to become a Certified Academic Language Therapist. It is so fulfilling teaching students the rules, patterns and strategies of the English language to help set a solid foundation for spelling & reading! My two college aged kiddos & my husband are my biggest encouragers. They sometimes roll their eyes when I offer more information than they wanted about the spelling of a word or a spelling situation! But, they are always sure to tell me how proud they are of 3Word Nerds, the curriculum and my passion to help students. I hope you will hang out here and check out all we have to offer! Be sure to like our FB page so you can keep up-to-date with our sale offers & freebies!! Also, we love to share interesting info about words, the spelling/reading connection and more -
A certified WORD NERD - Christian, wife, mother, and dyslexia therapist/teacher here to share what I've learned about making the Spelling/Reading Connection!