How to Teach Children Reading, Writing, and Kindness


As a former classroom teacher, April Emerson knows that what kids read matters. They get the messages that they read in books. April always had a desire to write, and after living in Hawaii for 3 years, she was inspired to write a book about the culture there- and why kindness matters. This episode will help parents and educators enjoy a good book while teaching the greatest lesson- kindness.

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In 2009, her husband was stationed in Hawaii for 3 years. They had never been there before. She wanted to experience every moment.

Her motto was “don’t waste a minute.”

On her first day there, she saw Diamond Head and walked there. She saw many sights she had never seen before. It was a wonderful place. She saw an ugly tree, but the branches on the tree were covered with beautiful flowers used in leis.

The story she wrote started that day and evolved over the years.

April taught high school english since 2001, including literature and writing, reading instruction and skill based instruction.

Teaching and writing go hand in hand

Used to read the dictionary.

Naturally drawn to writing.

Life is simple- it should be simple.

Be kind to each other.

Smile and say hello.

We can experience the world the way we want to experience it.