From an early age, storytelling and drawing had a great influence on Rossmoor resident Rozanne Willams. She remembers her father and grandfather telling her stories about the old country, after her grandparents emigrated from Poland around 1913-14.
Her first experiences were drawing and creating comics that her uncle, a fifth grade teacher, would share with her students. Williams will eventually take up teaching and after leaving the class, she resumes writing. Instead of comics, she started writing reference books, designed as exercise books for students in the early grades of elementary school.
One of his books, “The Coin Counting Book,” taught children the value of coins and the number of different coins it takes to add up to a dollar, for example. Recently, Williams has returned to the story type books, but always in the subject of money. Her latest six-book series tells stories designed to help young children learn basic money concepts. This is the “Financial Literacy for Children” series.
“It takes it a step further,” Williams said of the new series.
Rather than workbooks that help young students learn letter writing or basic math, the new series are books that tell stories about starting a business or making money. ‘silver. The characters in the book, Cat and Dog, often in this case, learn to budget money by understanding wants versus needs and how to start a business. While the concepts are for adults, the books keep it simple for young students and give them a basic understanding.
Williams began her teaching career in Los Angeles and even taught in Germany at the Department of Defense American School. She mostly taught in third grade, but early in her career she decided to create her own class materials and as much as possible. One of these reference books was designed to inspire students to write.
This book was eventually picked up by his friend and mentor Terry Garnholz, who was editor at Educational Insights. The book was developed into a three-book series for publication and Williams was on a new track.
These days, she mainly writes for Creative Teaching Press at Cypress. Much of her work encompasses themes such as family, cards, or science, but the financial literacy series for her is more of a mass-market driven endeavor. They’re still designed for emerging readers, but they teach in a new way that most of his earlier work didn’t.
“It’s a new format for me,” said Williams.
Although the financial literacy series are more like story books, they still focus on keywords for understanding and offer activity tips for students or readers. Williams’ first love was art. The book “Charlotte’s Web” made her addicted to reading. Writing stories to teach might be her next love.
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