Hello! My name is Linda Stavast. I am a mother to 9 children ranging in ages from 3 to 18-years-old. I have a B.S. degree in Geology from Brigham Young University in Provo, UT. I am married to my best friend, Bill. We enjoy gardening, hiking, and rock collecting as a family. I also play the bassoon, and attempt to make my own bassoon reeds. I love all things math and science. I love teaching my kids everything, especially math. I love reading non-fiction books, including histories and biographies. My favorite book is: “Failure is Not an Option,” by Gene Kranz, former flight director at NASA. I am also an amateur radio operator, aka: a “ham” radio operator. My call sign is: KI7AHJ. In my past, I used to dream of being a pilot, as well as building my own house. There was a time that I read books all about house building and construction. I may still build my own house some day. But, as for being a pilot, I think my tendency for motion sickness is going to keep me grounded. However, I still love airplanes! One of my favorite Christmas songs is: Snoopy’s Christmas song, or Snoopy vs. the Red Baron.
As a mother, I have been trying to teach my children how to read since my first child was preschool-aged, about 14 years ago. I thought I knew phonics, because I thought I was taught it in elementary school. I wondered to myself, “I KNOW how to read! So why, then, is it so difficult to TEACH it!?” I could teach my children to read simple words. But I was unable, until now, to explain to them why most of the words they encountered in real books “broke the rules” and why they were unable to sound out words even though they knew the sounds that the letters of the alphabet represented.
A year ago I decided to do a little more research into various phonics programs on the market. I started reading all sorts of great books on the subject, as well as making connections and having my own set of “Ah-HAH!” moments in my quest to become a better teacher for my own children. What was once a frustration for me has become a passion. I hope to share my new passion and acquired information of phonics with you.