Sometimes God smiles on old men. He certainly has smiled on me.
Folks who know me or who have read my columns over time know that one of my great passions is helping kids prepare to survive and succeed in life – helping them learn to read so that they can take advantage of the opportunities our great nation offers. And in doing that, helping them avoid the unhappiness, anger and frustration that comes with not being able to do the things most other people can do.
One of the ways that I have been smiled upon, surprisingly, has been the loss of most of my sight. It’s painful and frustrating, but it has given me a better understanding of how folks who are unable to read for any reason feel. The great realization came when I mentioned my frustration to my son.
He said, “Good heavens Dad, that’s exactly how I have felt all of my life. I just have never found the words to describe it.”
My son is dyslexic.
The other blessings that I have received are just plain positive – things you can share with me if you are interested.
One of the preschools in the Tools of Learning Program is the Children’s Garden Preschool of Vacaville. Stacie Roe, the owner-director, does a great job of building foundations in literacy for the kids who go to Children’s Garden. Almost all read when they get to kindergarten.
The Children’s Garden’s reading program (the Tools Frontline Phonics program) is going to be featured on “Good Day Sacramento” at 7 a.m. Feb. 21 on Sacramento’s Channel 31. You can look at it at that time on your computer (it is streamed) or later out of their archives. You will see 3- and 4-year-old kids reading. And it is a joyful experience for them. They are proud of their achievements.
I hope you will look and see what is possible for almost all young children.
That’s not all. Another big smile is that at 2 p.m. Tuesday, I have been invited to be a guest on the Internet radio show BreakingNewsJournal “On Air.” You can listen to it live or listen later on their archives.
The topic of the show is one dear to my heart. For years I have been trying to find a way to reach black leadership in this country – reach them and encourage them to get their children and young people to understand that positive rewards in our lives come from achievement. Negative things happen when you are unable to achieve. Being able to acquire and process information is absolutely necessary before you can really be able to read.
Won’t you please Google the show and join me? Yes, good things are happening.
Murray Bass can be reached at 427-0744 or firstname.lastname@example.org.