Coffee or Tea? You and Me! Let’s Chat…Janna Brenhaug of Spelling Success!

I use the Barton Reading & Spelling System in my reading tutoring.  I found a link to Janna’s games on the Barton site.  I now own all the games and use them regularly in my tutoring.  They are laminated and printed on high quality cardstock, with wonderful pictures.  They correlate extremely well with the Barton System, but can be used separately also.  Janna provides excellent directions for using the card decks in several different ways. Here’s what Janna has to say about her games. Janna: I have developed several games to help reinforce the lessons taught in the Barton Reading & Spelling System.  I currently have 5 games available. Sound Game Unit Game Suffix Game Prefix Game Level 3 Spelling Rules Game Level 4 Spelling Rules Game will be available in May 2013  The game card packs feature bright, colorful, and engaging pictures.  Students of all ages enjoy playing the games.  To see a demo video of the games, go to www.SpellingSuccess.com Janna Brenhaug, Owner of Spelling Success www.SpellingSuccess.com...

Coffee or Tea? You and Me! Let’s Chat…Diane Owens of All Write With Me

Here’s another installment in my series of virtual fireside chats with people I find intriguing! You can read the first one, with artist Sue Zipkin, here. I found Diane’s website, All Write With Me,when I was searching for resources to help my tutoring clients with writing. Then she let me read a preview of her new novel for middle grade students,Swept Up. When I read her post about I Love To Write Day coming up on November 15th, I knew this was the right time for our chat. In celebration of I Love to Write Day, Diane is giving away 2 multi-format ebook editions of her middle-grade novel, Swept Up. You’ll find details on how to enter the random drawing at the bottom of this post. Nancy Barth (NB): How did your site come about?  Diane Owens: (DO): I work part-time as a grade school secretary. A few years ago, when my first short story was published, one of the teachers asked if I’d talk to her class about being a writer. Since then, I’ve talked to kindergarteners through fifth grade and I love doing it. It’s fun to watch them get excited and inspired. Afterwards, there’s always kids who bring me stories they’ve written, so eager to share, to see what I’ll say. I know exactly how they feel. When I was a kid, I foisted my stories on people all the time. After all, writing is all about impacting readers. So I built the site to inspire and motivate as many young writers as I can, to share the tips and tricks I’ve learned, and to give kids a...

Coffee or Tea? You and Me! Let’s Chat…Sue Zipkin, Artist

The weather is beginning to cool off slightly here in Fresno, and some of the leaves are beginning to turn, so a chat by my virtual fireplace seems to be in order. A few weeks ago, I came across the designs of Sue Zipkin. (See a sample of her work above). I noticed that she has a blog in addition to her website.  As someone who works with people who have dyslexia, the title of her blog caught my eye—Blogging With Dyslexia.  I really wanted to interview Sue.  Luckily for me, and for you, she agreed.  After some discussion, we decided to post her responses to my interview questions unedited.  As she explained, “To be honest on my blog I call it “blogging with dyslexia” so if I make mistakes and people read that and try and give me a hard time I share the reality. A friend of mine at times helps me but it is not always possible to have an editor so I do the best I can. I really have a wish for others who want to share is… even if they cant share perfect and have no editor in life to go out and do it any way.don’t let the word police stop them. Over the years I have noticed how intolerant and insulting people can be towards people who spell wrong online.” Nancy Barth (NB): Your tagline is “Put a Little Zip in Your Life.”  Whenever I visit your website or blog, I automatically smile a little bigger. Just looking at your designs in energizing! Did it take you long to come up with the designs for...