Dr. Christina Williams

Hi, I'm Christy.

And I’m tired of seeing kids feeling like they’re dumb because they’re struggling to learn to read.

I have a plan to eliminate and even to prevent your child’s reading difficulties . . .

But, I need your help.

How it all got started . . .

It began with a sixth-grade girl. Her name was Amanda.

She was struggling to read and spell well, and it was my job to get her caught up.

During a lesson she wrote the word hope like this:     

hop

I said to her, “Amanda. That says hop. If you want it to say hope, you have to add an e to the end of the word. An e, here, will tell the o to make its long sound, /oh/. Without an e, the o makes its short vowel sound /ŏ/.”

 

She paused for a moment and said,

“Why didn’t anybody just tell me that?”

I had no good response.

Frankly, I’m tired of seeing

bright kids

(like Amanda)

struggle.

 

My mission is to help kids understand how words work.

Well, that’s not quite right . . .

My mission is to equip and inspire

PARENTS

to help their kids

understand how words work-

before they enter first grade, if possible.

 

The fact is, you cannot count on

teachers

to teach your children to read and spell well.

Here’s why . . .

 

Most teachers don’t understand how words work.

 

It’s not their fault.

 

No one taught them, either.

 

No one taught me.

 

But I now understand the code upon which our language is based,

and I’ve found an effective way to teach it,

with a focus on FUN!

 

Here’s the deal:

 

When it comes to learning to read and spell well . . .

YOU

NEED TO BE YOUR CHILD’S HERO.

 

You cannot just cross your fingers and hope your child gets a well-equipped teacher.

 

You’re going to need to

Step Up.

 

You CAN do this.

And, I am going to teach you how.

 

Your child deserves it.

(And you’re going to love every minute of it!)

 

To learn how to raise a reader . . .

Here’s How I Will Help You To Make Raising Your Reader FUN:

I’ll ...

  • guide you through a series of Foundational literacy lessons.
  • provide fun-focused tools to use with your soon-to-be reader.
  • share how to engage with your kids and keep them enthused about learning to read and spell well.
  • recommend outstanding children’s books to support not only skill-building but a love for books.
  • introduce you to a generous community where you’ll be supported as you teach your child to read.

 

 

Did you know that most kids struggle when learning to read?

And when kids struggle, they feel dumb.

No momma wants that for her child.

 

Did you know that:

 

Smart parents don’t necessarily have kids who don’t struggle.

 

About 10 million children have difficulties learning to read.

 

55 percent of the children of college graduates performed below proficiency levels in eighth grade?

 

There is almost a 90% probability that a child will remain a poor reader at the end of the fourth grade if the child is a poor reader at the end of first grade. 

 

The National Adult Literacy Survey found that children who have not already developed some basic literacy practices when they enter school are three to four times more likely to drop out in later years.

 

One out of six children who do not read at age level by the end of third grade will not graduate from high school.

 

68% of America’s fourth graders do not read at a proficient level.

 

A 2002 study of 168 middle-class children followed from kindergarten through third grade examined the impact of home literacy experiences, such as parent storybook reading, to later reading achievement. Findings indicated that home literacy experiences and emergent literacy abilities (including phonological awareness) in kindergarten contributed substantially to children’s success in learning to read.

 

Studies conducted by the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University show that of 50 children having trouble learning to read in kindergarten, 44 of them will still be having trouble in third grade.

 

Quiz:

Which is true? Parents of high achieving readers . . .

(a) like, enjoy, and respect their children and are willing to spend time, money, and effort to nurture literacy.

(b) believe in the adage that the parent is the child’s first teacher.

(c) believe they can have an impact on their child’s literacy development.

(d) provide effective literacy interactions which assist their children in learning how to construct meaning from text and to interact successfully in school settings.

Answer:

All Of The Above

 

It’s more than reading TO your kids.

I want you to actually teach them to read

. . . before they go into first grade

and maybe even before they enter kindergarten!

 

This might matter to you . . .

Dr. Christina Williams  

  • Bachelor’s Degree, Elementary Education, grades 1-8 (B. Ed.)
  • Master’s Degree, Reading, and Literacy (M. Ed.)
  • Doctor of Education, Teacher Leader (Ed. D.)
  • 30 years of experience teaching as a reading intervention specialist and/or a classroom teacher
  • formerly an adjunct professor at Xavier University, in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • owner of Book Bums, a café that promotes literacy

 

Just keeping it real . . .

 

I’m just a woman on a mission to change literacy education. That’s it.

 

When I’m not making a ruckus in that area of my life, you can find me . . .

somewhere with a stack of books (Thank you, Amazon!),

shopping for primitive antiques (I was like Joanna Gaines before there WAS a Joanna Gaines!)

listening to Chance the Rapper (or maybe a podcast) while working out at the gym,

drinking iced green tea at a coffee shop and tapping away on my MacBook Air,

devouring a delicious meal &/or seeing a musical with my mom and my sister,

enjoying a date with my loving husband- Think: Chip Gaines! (33 years and going strong!),

making big plans and laughing out loud with one, two, or all three of my boys,

being oh-so-thankful for my daughter-in-love*,

or FaceTiming with my precious granddaughter, Emry.

*Do you want to know how I know there is a God and that He is, indeed, generous and loving? Ask me about that story!

Testimonials

“It is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! My daughter and I have practiced her phonemes using the tools (games) that we learned in class and I’m blown away how far she’s come in just a WEEK! Looking forward to this Saturday. Christy is an amazing teacher.” –Erica

Miss Christy is a natural teacher.  She meets her students wherever they are academically and socially then comfortably leads them to the next steps of their development.  My daughter felt safe enough to take risks with her learning, and she definitely reached the goals of the program.  The Saturday mornings we spent in the Foundations of Literacy One class were worth our time and resources.  I would highly recommend this class to anyone who has an emergent reader and who is looking for a nurturing yet authentic experience for their young reader. –Heather

“My son struggled with learning to read since he was only started learning English two years ago after coming from China.  Nothing we tried really clicked until Dr. Christy’s class – from reading quality children’s literature while focusing on specific phoneme and blended combinations, eating great snacks and enjoying crafts that kinetically reinforced language concepts, my son learned to read basic sentences over the course of summer vacation and continues to develop, now that we’re past that first threshold, at a speedy rate!”  –Ria Schalnat

We BOTH looked forward to class each Saturday morning. We couldn’t wait to see what fun activities Dr. Christy would have planned for us and which books she would share. I was fascinated by her clever ideas for helping kids “crack the code” of reading. Not only does Dr. Christy have a PhD in Early Literacy, she has years of experience as a classroom teacher right here in our community! This class is well worth the time and money. It was an investment in my child’s literacy that I am so glad I made!”  –Emily Morgan

I just want to let you know how impressed I am from what he has learned so far this year. I am totally amazed! He struggled with reading in kindergarten and was placed on intervention, last year he made some steady gains but already this year I see a HUGE improvement. 

I am beyond happy that you are his teacher. I am an occupational therapist and work in the school setting, so I love that you work on handwriting, phonics, kinesthetic learning and teach at a developmentally appropriate level for this age group. It is so encouraging to see progress in him this early in the year. He is such a quiet, laid-back and shy kid that I worry that he doesn't ask if he doesn't understand something. But whenever I ask him about his papers that he brings home, he is able to explain them so well. So I feel like he is understanding what is being taught. 

I just wanted to thank you again for all your hard work in bringing quality literacy instruction to the community.  What you are doing is so empowering to parents and so motivating for children.   I love everything about Book Bums, but am especially grateful for your new Literacy Foundations class.   I am so impressed with all that you have shared in three short classes.  And as a mother of three little ones I am so busy these days.  I really appreciate the reinforcement for Chloe. As I've discussed sometimes things are just better received from the teacher vs. mommy (even if she was a teacher) 🙂   Especially when it comes from Ms. Christy!   Chloe is so motivated to read and write now.   As a parent, it is so exciting to watch.   I should also mention that Will, all boy, has really started to take off too! 

I just want to let you know how impressed I am from what he has learned so far this year. I am totally amazed! He struggled with reading in kindergarten and was placed on intervention, last year he made some steady gains but already this year I see a HUGE improvement.

I am beyond happy that you are his teacher. I am an occupational therapist and work in the school setting, so I love that you work on handwriting, phonics, kinesthetic learning and teach at a developmentally appropriate level for this age group. It is so encouraging to see progress in him this early in the year. He is such a quiet, laid-back and shy kid that I worry that he doesn't ask if he doesn't understand something. But whenever I ask him about his papers that he brings home, he is able to explain them so well. So I feel like he is understanding what is being taught. ~Everett’s Mom

“What I really LOVE is... teaching parents to teach their kids to read.” ― Christy Williams

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