Pamela Brookes figures every problem thrown at her is just one more puzzle to be solved. And if she needs that puzzle solved she figures others are probably looking for answers as well so she'll find a way to share her solution with them. When her family's vegetarian diet suddenly had to be free of gluten, dairy, and cane sugar, starting NOW, she decided that, not only was she going to create new family recipes with ingredients she'd never heard of before, she might as well teach herself how to use cast iron cookware at the same time. Then, when she couldn't find a cookbook on vegetarian cast iron cooking, she decided to add "write cookbook" to her to do list.
Halfway through photographing the breads section of her cookbook she was desperate to find books for her daughter, a dyslexic learner. So the cookbook got put on the back burner (so to speak) and she started writing a series of Orton Gillingham-style books to help her daughter learn to read. Pamela was attending her daughter's private tutoring sessions two to three times a week then working extensively with her daughter at home the rest of the week. She understood the cadence and restrictions of systematic, progressive phonics and put on a child's imagination cap to create stories that would entertain and engage her daughter. Once again she figured others would be as desperate for entertaining, decodable phonics books as she and her daughter were so she decided to share them with the public.
The cookbook is still waiting for photographs, but the phonics books are in high production. She's usually got several in various drafts and with a series of reviewers (including typically reading children who make sure the stories are fun and engaging) while working on the illustrations for one or two others. She'll often be editing the pictures when her husband gets up and heads to work. Then it's time for a catnap until she and the kids start their homeschooling day.
Pamela Brookes lives in the saguaro-studded wilderness outside of Tucson, Arizona with her family, six rescue dogs, nine laying hens, and four rescue barn cats. (And an amazing assortment of rattlesnakes, scorpions, javelina, coyotes, foxes, bunnies, and more.)
For more information on the Orton Gillingham method for teaching dyslexic learners to read, you can download her free ebooklet Teaching A Struggling Reader: One Mom's Experience With Dyslexia
You can see her cast iron cooking videos at www.castironveggie.com. For more on her DOG ON A LOG Books go to www.dogonalogbooks.com. To join a supportive, respectful community of people using Orton-Gillingham progressive, systematic phonics for teaching reading to dyslexic learners, struggling readers, or phonics readers go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/2152082601693465/
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