About Us

Learning to read and write early opens educational doors for success in life.

Our educators are certified elementary education teachers or retired certified elementary education teachers. All our educators have experience teaching kindergarten and/or 1st grade and have specialized training in literacy, in addition, many have experience in other lower primary grades. Our literacy strategies are learned from top national educators and educational researchers, plus several effective strategies that we developed and used ourselves over the years. We also do extensive research of what literacy activities are offered free on the internet and introduce the parent to the best activities for children, like starfall.com. Our educators help parents understand when it is best to use these activities to help their child. We love to teach children one-on-one and specialize in the emergent reader and writer ages 3 to 7.

Many of our educators have attended and learned teaching strategies from the International Reading Association National Conference, the I Teach Kindergarten National Conference, the I Teach 1st Grade National Conference, or The Learning and the Brain National Conference. Several abcsforliteracy.com educators have obtained graduate hours in education and many have specialized in literacy. Unlike most brick-and-mortar national and regional learning centers, our educators have degrees in elementary education, not for example, a communications degree or a high school diploma. To that point, we believe and ensure that each educator has knowledge and experience to add to the tutoring session- we do not rely simply on our proven literacy program; we also rely on our educators. And learning is guaranteed.

All educators with abcsforliteracy.com must pass annual background checks to verify that the educator has no misdemeanors or felonies involving children. Further, our educators are required to uphold high civic morals and therefore, no felony convictions of any type are allowed as a basis for employment.

P. Hamm, Founder & Educator

MBA, MAT and further graduate literacy courses

Paula Hamm is a lover of the small things.  A wiggly line, a crooked letter, a mispronounced word shows potential with her training. She diligently studies both noted researchers and top educators’ ideas. She has distilled many into practical, hands-on repetitive learning activities as suggested by those elite in the education field. She grew up on a farm and education family – seeing growth in all seasons is second hand. She also loves animals nearly, if not equally, to children. 

Grace Through Animals by: P. Hamm  Copyright 2006 

In the Garden of Eden, Mankind fell, but the animals did not fall. Falling made Man’s heart hardened to God’s infinite love, but the animals’ hearts remained open and completely trusting in God. God called all the animals together after Mankind’s fall. He said, “Who will help bring wayward Man back to us? Who will show Mankind again and again unconditional love, love like My very own love?” 

Dog readily volunteered. Dog knew his own name spelled backwards was GOD and that he was best suited for the task. But it was very risky for Dog to depend on Mankind, as depending upon Mankind would make him separate from God’s very nature. Then God sadly sighed. God said, “Mankind is wayward and proof of My unconditional love, even by kind Dog, will not be enough. It was not enough in the Garden. Who will risk showing Mankind’s indifference and impatience to Man himself? Who will go and live with Mankind and risk more indifference and possibly evil?” 

The animals pondered God’s request for a moment, but very shortly, Cat volunteered. Cat knew that her name spelled backwards is TAC, which is pronounced the same as the word “tack”. Cat would be to Mankind like a note tacked to a person’s heart constantly reminding Man of God’s grace.

Today approximately 5 million to 7 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year, and approximately 3 million to 4 million are euthanized, 60 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats per ASCPA 2020. Many dogs and cats live as feral or stray animals. The dogs and cats are calling to us to help us – to bring us back to God’s grace. 

Adopt a shelter dog or cat or take in a stray. Spay or neuter your pets to help ensure all dogs and cats have homes and receive love and care. You will see God’s love in their eyes, feel His gentle caress at every pet, and hear His joy in each purr or playful bark.  The End.

Anyone is welcome to use Grace Through Animals in an attempt to raise funds for animal care, but please for publishing purposes send a note to the address below or a message below detailing who or what organization is using the story, date used, and estimated reach. Be certain to note the story’s authorship and copyright in its use. 

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