When I published my first book, Life After Birth- A Memoir of Survival and Success as a Teenage Mother, I had no idea the impact it would have on students and adults. I was just telling my story. I had no idea that people all over the world would be reading my story including students and teen moms, and many of those even said, “I don’t even like to read, but I love reading this (Life After Birth).”

I had no idea the impact my first book would have on literacy. After repeated requests to have a curriculum to go with my book, I came up with the idea to create the S.O. What! Literacy, Life Skills, and Character Education curriculum (and workbooks) which would support parents and educators, improve student’s interest in reading, their self-esteem and motivation, and their outlooks on what was possible for their lives. 

So I started my research to learn as much as I could about literacy, life skills, and character education and how to educate and motivate students using my own life story. In the next several blog posts, I’ll share what I learned or what was reinforced and how it all came together to create a curriculum that has already changed thousands of lives…and I am beyond grateful. 

I’ll start first with the basic skill that is required to even know what is written on the pages of my book- literacy.