A combination of hearing, seeing, writing, and reading make Step-by-Step Stories a unique and fun way to teach your child, or anyone for that matter, how to read. Before writing these stories, Stephanie Wilkins studied the Spalding Method. This method relies heavily on the work of Dr. Samuel Orton. His work as a physician led him to be concerned for those with reading disabilities, namely dyslexia. He identified 70 basic phonograms in the English language, and combined it with a multi-sensory approach to teaching (a phonogram is a single letter or group of letters that make a single sound i.e. a, ph, dge, eigh). Many others have added to his technique. The approach Stephanie has taken is to make these methods fun, and parent/student friendly by providing literature that explores reading, spelling, rhyme, and vocabulary. Stories are enjoyable and progress smoothly through all 70 phonograms.
A stay at home mother of four beautiful children, Stephanie earned a Bachelors Degree with a major in History and a minor in International Relations. She spends her free time enjoying the beautiful place she calls home (see more about it on her website whattodoinogdenvalley.com). In addition to educational pursuits, the time devoted to her kids is often spent in the car driving to the various activities in which her kids participate (dance, voice, lacrosse, gymnastics, swim team, tennis, rock climbing, piano, violin, to name a few). Somehow, in her spare time, she wrote Step-by-Step Stories. Her goal with these stories is simple "give children stories that they can succeed at reading".