Yes!  I am actually early this year!!  Some of you may have remembered that it wasn’t until around March this year, that I had the chance to wish you a Happy New Year, so by that time, wishing you a Merry Christmas would have just been ridiculous!!

So much has happened this year that I feel as though I have been on fast forward, only now to come out of a trance-like state to find the year just about done!   Finally after all of the website issues, hacked accounts and lost work, I am very happy to say that the  BORN2READ website is in full operation and has been since March – so far no more major dramas.   There are a total of 567 e-books ready to teach children to read!

It is surreal to think that all my major writing tasks are complete – for now!  I am so thankful for those who have helped me complete the task, for there were a few bleak moments, when I did not think I would ever see the light of day again!  That said, I couldn’t be prouder of the readers that I offer you and your children – a lot of team effort has gone into them, and I am thrilled to see 300+ members, active on the BORN2READ website, with this number set to double or even triple in 2018 (fingers crossed!)

The fact that I have completed the readers has left me looking for another project, but before you rush in with your ideas, I have found the perfect solution to my new found freedom during the day – I am returning to the classroom in 2018!  I couldn’t be happier, and I am so looking forward to spending Monday to Friday with a class of Preppies – a dream job come true!

But what about BORN2READ I hear you ask?  As of next year, I am re-establishing BORN2READ as a home-based business.   The renovations will be conducted over the holidays, ready for the start of next term!  The first six months of 2018 will be a time of transitioning – a new beginning.   With the writing of the readers and associated resources all complete and online, there is no longer a need for a commercial space.  I also have on board a business manager so the major running of the business (all that important but not so much fun items of budgeting, forecasts, marketing and sales) is being taken care of.   My time can now be focussed on what I absolutely love – teaching!  In fact, I am looking forward to teaching other teachers how to establish their very own home-based tuition business too!  If this is something you have been thinking about, get in touch, and I’ll show you the way!

I am looking forward to all the challenges, joys and fun that 2018 will bring!  I am also looking forward to sharing my return journey into the classroom and all of the fun, and maybe not so fun, moments that come with working with Preppies.   2018 – bring it on!!

Until next time, enjoy the festive season and all the joy it brings!

Best wishes,

Katrina Casey
Teacher and Author of the BORN2READ Reading Program

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