Discover the many genres of books we make available to our students
What is genre? A genre is a form of text that uses a particular format and structure (Duke & Purcell-Gates, 2003). From the primary grades, students need to know that there are different kinds of texts, each with its own features, purposes, and conventions. Even very young students can learn that narrative text tells a story, persuasive text is written to persuade a reader, and informational text is written to give the reader facts. Using the word “genre” gives students a way to organize and talk about their observations. My Reading Mentor’s virtual programs takes readers many places and help students learn new things about the world they live in
Click: GENRES AT A GLANCE
My Reading Mentor is pleased to present the Touch-type Read and Spell program, an online, multi-sensory course that teaches touch-typing skills to help children improve their reading and spelling. We are licensed by Touch-type Read and Spell (TTRS).
Personalized Literacy Instruction through interactive computer-based reading programs. We provide multi-sensory programs to meet the various instructional needs of diverse language learners. Children have fun learning to read when they are engaged and motivated by interactive technology based literacy instruction that works.
The *Mexico Literacy Project* provides scholarship grants to an English
Literacy Education Program for disadvantaged youth and young adults in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico. In doing so, we wish to instill all students with a life-long enthusiasm for reading and to foster a love of learning English as a second language.
Our goal is to meet the needs of our students and deliver personalized, affordable literacy programs and services on a consistent basis to children, parents and schools. We strive to help students become independent, thoughtful and purposeful readers.
Our Reading Programs are based on the * Simple View of Reading* (SVR) model. SVR is a model of the process of learning to read. SVR presents Reading Comprehension as the product of Language Comprehension and Decoding. We focus on improving students’ English language skills. Reading programs are tailored for specific age groups.
"The passion Miss Joy has for teaching and making learning fun is impressive and comforting. When your girls look forward to going to class and ask for more time learning you know you’re on the right track. Our girls are enjoying themselves, and we are happy seeing results in short time frames."
"Estamos muy contentos con el programa de Razkids que lleva a cabo Miss joy, nuestra hija ha mejorado el dominio del idioma ingles. Lee, escribe y habla con mucha fluidez y seguridad. Se le ha vuelto un håbito antes de ir a dormir leer un libro en inglés. Esto es bueno tanto en el fomento a la lectura como a la práctica del idioma. Le ha ayudado mucho para reforzar lo aprendido en la escuela y de paso, a mi también me ha ayudado a recordarlo. Vale la pena, lo recomendamos ampliamente."
"Definitivamente mi hija ha mejorado su comprensión lectora con el programa Virtual Book Room de Raz Kids. Después de pocos meses con el programa de lectura, ella entiende mejor lo que escucha y lo que lee en Inglés, y su pronunciación también ha mejorado. También ha obtenido mejores notas en su clase de Inglés. Ahora casi no se da cuenta cuando los programas de TV están en Inglés, porque ya lo entiende más. ¡¡¡Gracias, Miss Joy!!! My daughter definitely has improved her English comprehension with the Virtual Book Room Raz Kids Program. After a few months with the Reading program, she understands better what she hears and what she reads, as well; and her pronunciation is better now. She has also got better grades in her English class. At the present, she doesn’t realize when a TV program is in English because she understands more. Thank you, Miss Joy!!!"
"Estimada Miss Joy: Estoy muy contenta al ver el gran avance en la comprensión y seguridad al momento de leer que mi hijo tiene desde que comenzamos con el programa de VIRTUAL BOOK ROOM. Es divertido, interesante y podemos llevarlo con nosotros donde quiera que estemos a través del Internet. Su apoyo sin restricciones al momento de mis dudas y las de mi hijo, así como la gran pasión y nivel por la enseñanza del inglés que usted tiene me hace sentir muy segura y emocionada por lo que mi hijo está logrando con el idioma. Gracias."
"Estimada Miss Joy: Agradezco su apoyo en el Programa Virtual Book Room, ya que ha logrado que mi hijo se interese más en el inglés, tenga mayor confianza en sus conocimientos, amplie su vocabulario y lea con mejor fluidez, todo esto de una manera práctica, divertida y desde la comodidad de nuestro hogar en nuestros horarios disponibles. Gracias!!"
“Joy is a godsend, she has taught both of my kids to read and she recommended we have my son tested and we found out he has mild dyslexia. Joy develops customized and comprehensive programs per the child’s needs. She uses a variety of programs to address different areas of reading. She is highly skilled and a rare find with all her knowledge and experience. My kids love working with Ms. Joy and she will forever be their favorite teacher.”
“En pocos meses de estar con Miss Joy, hemos visto un gran avance en nuestras hijas. La pequeña (en pre-first) ha mejora do notablemente su pronunciación y su lectura en inglés. Y la grande (en 3er grado) ha mejorado en la fluidez de su lectura y la compresión de las mismas. La menor nunca se quiere ir, pide tener sesiones de hora y media en vez de una 1 hora de lo entre tenida y divertida que son las clases. Las técnicas y programas que usa Miss Joy son efectivas, actualizadas, muy entretenidas para los chicos, demostrando muy buenos resultados. Podemos decir que Miss Joy es la mejor profesora de inglés que nuestras hijas han tenido en estos 4 años en México, sin duda alguna!!! Agradecemos todos sus tips, su dedicación y entusiasmo.”
“Miss Joy started out helping our oldest son with reading when what he was getting at school just wasn’t enough (a common issue for foreigners here in Mexico). We had tried several other local tutors, but it largely just caused him more confusion, they simply didn’t have the skills or training of a true reading specialist. She did such a wonderful job with him so quickly, that our younger son asked to see Joy as well! She has now been working with both of them for several months and they are both learning so much faster, much less painfully and are proud of what they can do. Not only has she helped them read, she has really boosted their self-confidence. It has gone from a struggle to something they find truly interesting. We have plans to do extensive traveling and she has even been able to work with our difficult schedule and set up a blended learning program to continue their work when we can’t meet in person. I feel so much better about our children’s education knowing we have Miss Joy on our team!“
"Yo estoy muy contenta con el sistema de Raz Kids pues con mi edad no puedo salir a ninguna clase de inglés y aqui en casa cuando termino mis labores me siento a escuchar y leer comodamente en mi sillón favorito.La verdad siento que he mejorado mucho en mi practicar mi pronunciación que hasta mi marido ya lo reconociö, hahaha. Muchos saludos! "
"Buen día: estoy muy contenta de que me ofrecieron el sistema RAZ pues me ayuda mucho en aprender ingles es una forma práctica y muy amena, a mi me ha servido mucho siento estar aprendiendo cada día algo nuevo. Gracias MISS JOY."
" I would like to share my experience with Raz, I decided to join the program with my 11 year old daughter, because I am a strong believer to educate with an example. We had been joining reading the different books, we read together sometimes, we comment about the books and we even talk about making things we learned on the books, like making a bat house or a totem, for the house. And while doing all of these we are also both improving our English!! Double bonus!!!" We are very happy with the program!!
"Estamos encantados como papás ver el avance que ha logrado en unos cuantos meses nuestra hija en el inglés, y para ella representa seguridad al momento de practicar el idioma, así como también la ha ayudado mucho a mejorar las calificaciones de la escuela, en la comprensión de lectura y sobre todo para alcanzar el nivel de palabras pronunciadas correctamente para su año. Lo recomiendo ampliamente."
"Es un buen método para aprender inglés tanto para principiantes como para un inglés más avanzado. Estoy realmente contenta con el resultado que están obteniendo mis hijos".
"Joy has been, without a doubt, the most valuable resource in my daughter’s educational journey over the past 5 years. She is amazing! My daughter loves working with her and still looks forward to their sessions together. They meet via Skype twice weekly, and Joy’s innumerable resources along with her commitment and enthusiasm have kept the classes engaging and relevant as my daughter’s skills have improved. When Suni began working with Joy in Mexico, she was in 3rd grade and couldn’t read. We struggled with finding the right support and interventions for her and meeting Joy when we did was a godsend. Suni is now in junior high school, taking honors classes in Colorado and has received numerous awards for outstanding effort and growth. Joy has been her champion and mentor the entire time. Her dedication to her students is inspiring and her wealth of knowledge is a true benefit to anyone fortunate enough to get to work with her".
"Joy Koller is proactive, motivated and highly competent in all tasks she sets out to complete. Joy has been the lead implementer of the Sound Reading program at Yits’ Atil, a Bilingual Private School in Mexico. Joy has the ability to relay information between the school, our support staff and development team. Joy has collaborated on specific ELL tasks with our development team. Everyone enjoys working with her".
"Joy Koller is the Representative of Early Education for Every Child Foundation (EEECF) in Mexico for the BrillKids Little Reader scholarship program. Joy Koller provides EEECF hands-on, pro-bono strategic leadership direction and vision on all facets of the grassroots global campaign “Little Learner Initiative- Mexico* (LLI-Mexico). Over the course of our collaboration she inaugurated EEECF's global campaign *LLI-Mexico* in Quintana Roo, Mexico through the *Mexico Literacy Project*. We would like to commend Joy Koller’s initiative and exceptional ability. She continually sought and achieved market presence and expansion of LLI-Mexico in Coba and Playa del Carmen despite limited resources. On behalf of EEECF, we want to commend Joy Koller for LLI-Mexico’s accomplishments and her outstanding effort in the field of bringing English Literacy to Mexican Youth. I recommend her as a great leader and a visionary".
"With Miss Joy, I learn how to pronounce better of course with Raz. I record all my readings also it helps me learn things of life and all the books are very interesting to me. I want everybody to study English with this program"
"This school year I changed schools and started to have classes with with Miss Joy, and she invited me to become a RAZ-kid. I am very happy about it, because it teaches you a lot of new words and it inspires me to get to know more stories. In every story you learn at least ten new words and you learn something new from each of the stories too. I think my favourite one is about Obama, or maybe the one about Egypt. Or would it be the story about Independence Day? So much to choose from"!
" This school year my daughter became part of RAZ. As a parent this is such a rewarding program. Yes, you have to invest some time to be there for your child, but the rewards are so much greater: you get to see your child growing into a much more secure reader while learning words, interesting facts and sweet little stories. And under your eyes you see them growing into their role of story teller, mastering the texts and being able to listen to their own voice in a way they haven't done before. General knowledge (about animals, insects, presidents, science) grows, and their love for reading too. What an excellent way to get your child interested in literature"!
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Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Joy has since become a global educator, with over ten years of work experience across both national and international territories. Her global professional achievements include teaching in Singapore, England, Venezuela and Mexico. Joy is a Dyslexia Therapist and is qualified to teach individuals to read with dyslexia, including the most difficult cases. She has completed over 300 hours of approved coursework aligned with the International Dyslexia Association. She has served as a visionary and an agent of change in the field of education. She has also launched the execution and delivery of innovative literacy instruction and initiatives, which have had an impact on hundreds of students throughout her diverse career. Miss Joy currently resides in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.