This is a personal article. It’s been a long year and I’ve changed directions a number of times. This has been a very productive year for me. I have found my passion again and I’m on target to complete ten books by the end of 2010.
The last two holdouts are my own;
1) Cultivating Pearl
2) Aunt Dee and the Safari Rail Line
Both are based on my experience, one takes place during the 50’s and 60’s and the other in 2009 when I joined the Philadelphia Freedom School movement at Lea Community School during the summer of 2009. It was an awesome experience for me. I had never taught curriculum full-time. My experience was training adults to use software applications that were designed by me or an third party company and train them in how to use it.
Philadelphia Freedom School
Working with youth is challenging and fun. Our curriculum followed a set agenda each day. This may seem like a cake walk but it was not easy. Each day you had to take down the posters made for that days program; design and replace the poster with the next day’s poster. These posters consisted of:
1. Your Daily Agenda
2. Supporting Material for the Book of the Day.
3. Creating Vocabulary Words or Math Flash Cards.
4. Keeping the Reading Library fresh with new books during the 8 week program.
I had a class of 14 youths ranging from age 8-11. Two of my girls had just moved to United States from Egypt and didn’t have strong reading skills. In Egypt they memorized and recited their lessons. It was really challenging to get them to write their thoughts down. Raja would stand in the front of the class with her book in hand and give a wonderful and thoughtful presentation; just for me to find out that she composed her presentation in her head. I really was amazed and wished this was as skill that all of our youths had an opportunity to learn.
From this experience comes “Aunt Dee and the Safari Rail Line”.