What do killer whales, dolphins, puppies, and ladybugs have in common? They happen to be the favorite animals of a local third grade author who has recently found out that her book is destined to be used by a reading support company.
Mya Outlaw, 8, daughter of Clint and Amy Outlaw of Placid Bay, was selected by the American Reading Company, headquartered in Pennsylvania, to have her book A Ladybug’s Life published for use by the company in their reading program. The American Reading Company creates sets of leveled readers for use by school divisions so that students can actively engage in both fiction and non-fiction reading at their independent reading level. Outlaw’s school, Washington District Elementary School in Oak Grove, began using the program during the summer of 2012. They expanded the American Reading Company program for both classroom use and tutoring during the 2012-2013 school year. During this time, Outlaw attended the afterschool tutoring program as a second grader. Her tutor’s Research Lab program centered around the theme of bugs and she was soon hooked. She quickly chose ladybugs as her bug of choice and spent many a Tuesday afternoon reading about ladybugs.
According to Outlaw and her tutor, Laura Coates, the students learned many things about the insects they chose including their life cycles, habitats, food, color, adaptations, body parts and more. Each Tuesday the students would self-select their books from buckets containing books on their reading level and happily peruse information about their bug. They recorded snippets of information that they read and learned new vocabulary words that they would later use in the glossaries that they created for their own books.