Back To School: Win “Learn To Read” by Hooked On Phonics

CONTESTS, PRODUCTS | | August 24, 2009 at 9:32 pm

Learn To Read

learn to read by Hooked On Phonics


Congratulations Cynthia Mercado

If you know me you would know that I am a strong advocate of education and reading (read some of my earlier posts if you need more convincing reading to your baby, yetgrant the gift of readingproviding the tools for early readers) but also that I have been working as part of a focus group with Hooked On Phonics.  Blogging on itself is a wonderful experience but when you get to get such an up close view of products you love, and even more to be a small part of it, it is an amazing experience.

I managed to get copies of the new Hooked On Phonics Learn To Read system by Hooked on Phonics and I cannot say too much of how much I love it. In fact I will just let the video of my girls watching the DVD that comes with it speak for itself. The entire system of fun and education bounded with the repetition but done smartly. The stories are simple and clear, and trust me I have early readers in my home so we have seen many early reading tools and then some.

The DVDs are just up my alley, not flashy but clean cartoons and so beaty. The infusion of classical music and intensity is amazing. I still have my little girls walking around the house passing the letter “G” to each other. I am thrilled to be offering this experience to my readers.

Want to win “Learn To Read” product by Hooked on Phonics?

The product comes in Pre-K, K, Grade 1 and Grade 2 with each having two levels. The winner gets to pick the product for the grade they choose. .

The contest closes on the September 6th, 2009. The winner will be chosen by

Share your experiences in teaching kids to learn (”count me in” type comments will not count). Make sure that you enter the correct contact details. To earn extra entries, after you have left a comment, do one of the following, but make sure you leave a separate comment entry for each extra thing you do. This gives you additional ways to win the contest:

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    Mary says:

    I homeschool my sons (ages 4 & 6). My older son learned to read at age 5 with the help of Leapfrog Letter Factory DVDs (where they teach the sounds of the letters). We also used the book “Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons”. My younger son is still learning his letter sounds, but I’d like to teach him to read once he turns 5. This Hooked on Phonics product would help a lot!

    mfalcon13 (at) hotmail (dot) com

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    Mary says:

    I’m an email subscriber.

    mfalcon13 (at) hotmail (dot) com

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    Pam R. says:

    As a speech pathologist, I’ve spent many years helping the children of others learn. Now as a mom, I have to help my kids learn. Let me tell you, some days it’s easier to help the others’ kids, in spite of all their speech and language delays! Luckily, my son loves to read and seems to absorb new information and pick things up quickly. He just turned 3 but recognizes his numbers up to 100, can count independently up to 40 and has known and recognized his alphabet letters since he was 2.

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    Natasha says:

    Just posted this to my blog! I love Hooked on Phonics! I’ve been waiting to purchase this, and now I’m glad I did… :) crossing fingers. :)

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    Vickie Couturier says:

    Oh,dear,I dont like being first but here goes,when my kids an now the grandchlldren started school,the key is patience an repetitive numbers an letters,it takes time to learn an remember if its fun,they will enjoy learning more,make games out of learning


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    Vickie Couturier says:

    I am a fan on facebook,vickiecouturier

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    Vickie Couturier says:

    I follow your blog on facebook


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    Vickie Couturier says:

    I am a email subscriber

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    Vickie Couturier says:

    I follow on twitter an tweeted;
    vickiecouturier@mommyniri Win “Learn To Read” at #mommyniricontest

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    Vickie Couturier says:

    I follow your blog

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    Cynthia Mercado says:

    We have reading time before bed and my son also loves to do workbooks.

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    Cynthia Mercado says:

    I am a fan on facebook

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    Cynthia Mercado says:

    I follow on facebook

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    Cynthia Mercado says:

    I subscribe

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    Cynthia Mercado says:

    I follow on twitter and tweeted this giveaway.


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    Jessica says:

    I am a facebook fan and faithful Mommy Niri follower.

    I also retweeted this contest (my twitter name is Unemployed_Mom).

    Reading is my son’s favorite thing to do! I started reading to him while he was in my womb. Every day we read at least 10 books and he always selects which ones he wants to hear.

    This system would be a great win for us, we’d use it faithfully!

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    Melissa Barnes says:

    This is my first year to actually homeschool my son – he is pre-k so far I am just taking lessons plans off of the interent but think that the Hooked on Phonics would help me!
    thanks for the giveaway

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    Melissa Barnes says:

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    Danielle Gerstenberger says:

    I have always read to my kids and this year I am planning to homeschool my youngest son and my biggest goal is to have him reading by the time he starts kindergarten next year. This program would be fantastic in helping us reach this goal. Thank you so much for the opportunity.

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    Danielle Gerstenberger says:

    I’m a fan on Facebook!

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    Danielle Gerstenberger says:

    I follow your blog!

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    Sue says:

    I have found that reading to my kids when they’re very small has created a great love of learning. Sitting and paying attention at a young age helps them out later. Thanks for the giveaway. It would be perfect for my youngest.

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    Vicky H. says:

    When I used to volunteer at an elementary school some years ago, I was left to help a girl, who came from a different country, and a few other students hone in on their 6th grade reading skills. Most often, I just sat and listened to them, encouraging them when needed. It felt nice to assist them with something very important.

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    Natalia D. says:

    We encorage our 3-year old son to count and read wherever it only possible. He counts his cars, change after grocery shopping, birds on the tree etc. Plus he loves to read the signs outside and on t-shirts! And he is doing a terrific job!

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    Natalia D. says:

    I follow the blog.

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    Jessica says:

    I am a Mommy Niri Twitter follower!

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    Jessica says:


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    Adrienne Gordon says:

    my kids have always learned best by visual cues such as flashcards.

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    amy warren says:

    i taped notecards all over our house, labeling everything, so the kids would recognize the words.

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    amy warren says:

    i subscribe.

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    Elkaye says:

    I think it’s important to make sure that kids are enjoying themselves when I’m teaching them. That way, they’ll want to learn more.

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    Elkaye says:

    I follow on twitter and tweeted:

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    karen b says:

    My son just started kindergarten last week, but I read to him and we practice words through flash cards.

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    Mellissa says:

    I would love to win this for my 3 year old. He is at that age where he is interested in learning.

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    Valerie Furr says:

    My little girl starts preschool Monday I would love to get her started in the preschool Phonics reading program. Thanks great prize.

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    Linda Fish says:

    My son had a favorite book that we has to read over and over, pretty soon he was memorizing it and recognizing words!
    I would love the pre k set

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    Mike says:

    My niece is having problems reading. Her cousin who is only a two years older than her has been making fun of her. I would love to get this for her to improve her reading skills.

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    Yvonne Butler says:

    My greatgranddaughter who I love so much will be in the second grade this year but is struggling with her reading. Although she has got acceptable grades for the first grade, she seems to need lots of emprovement and she doesn’t like to read because she is unsure of herself. I’m afraid that second grade will be really hard for her and she will grow up hating to read. This Hooked On Phonics would be the thing that could give her individual help. If I woun I would want the second grade level. Thanks for the chance to WIN!

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    Yvonne Butler says:

    I am an e-mail subscriber and want the extra entry in this very helpful giveaway. Thanks you for sponsoring giveaways that really COUNT!

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    Stacy says:

    I spend a lot of time reading with my son. This really gets him into learning about all different subjects.

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    jeanine says:

    we are a homeschooling family so learning is a way of life around our home. currently i have a 6th grader, a preschooler, a toddler and a newborn and each of us are learning new things every day!

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    marge mckoen says:

    would love this for my 2 grandkids 1 and 3 great for kids

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    Mona says:

    I’ve been wanting to try hooked on phonics with my tot for a while now! I’ve heard good things about it! Thanks for the video!!

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    Mona says:

    I am a facebook fan

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    Mona says:

    I am an email subscriber

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    Christine says:

    My son is 5 and we are working on word recognition right now. The most important thing I do is read books to him everyday. I often ask him to sound out small words as well so I think this program would be perfect for him. Thanks so much for the chance!

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    Christine says:

    I am a facebook fan
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    Christine says:

    I am a facebook blog follower
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    Christine says:

    I am an email subscriber.

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    Ruth Miller says:

    our son loves for us to read to him but for some reason the words don’t always click with him if he reads to us.. somethign about the words not sounding as they should if you sounded them out.. such as cause and said.. that can be hard for a just learning to read kid

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    beth shepherd says:

    I taught my youngest daughter her colors by coloring paper plates. I would spread them out on the floor and make a game of it. Sadie jump on yellow, hop to the blue etc. It was fun for all
    Thank you for the chance

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    Meghan says:

    I helped my son learn his ABCs by tapping his body with each letter (not each beat) so he’d learn that each sound was a separate entity. To learn numbers, we counted up as we walked up the stairs (or crawled – we started this at the very beginning) and we counted down as we came back down. Pausing on each step is key.

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    rachel burke says:

    my son was easy to teach he would sit quietly listen to me and he enjoys it
    my daughter is hyper and does it , so my trick is to have boys just kidding

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    Lianne says:

    Our 4 year old is starting to show signs of reading and would I know he would really enjoy that Great Hooked on Phonic reading set

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    Dan D says:

    My son is just starting to look at books, it would be a great start to win this.

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    Melisa says:

    What a great giveway!!

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    Kathy Luman says:

    I became a fan of Mommy Niri on Facebook. (Kathleen Luman)

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    I’m a subscriber.

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    Kathy Luman says:

    I’m following you on twitter and I tweeted.

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    Mary says:

    My experience in teaching kids to learn is that each child learns differently and to use those difference as a way to teach.

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    CC says:

    I work as an elementary school Speech Pathologist and I am the mom of two. I teach kids language skills all day long!

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    CC says:

    I subscribe in google reader

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    Sonya says:

    My kids love to learn! We always have lots of things around for them to learn with.

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    Tracy says:

    I learned how to read because of a phonics program. It taught me so well that I wondered for years why others struggled, only to realize they didn’t learn the same way I did. I was picked in the 6th to assist challenged students to read, and really loved doing it. One of my cool childhood memories. Now, I have a little boy who’s 4 and will start Kindergarten next September (2010) and I REALLY want to get him started on the right foot with phonics!

    bellydgirl at yahoo dot com

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    Tracy says:

    I was happy to become a fan on Facebook! (Tracy Pace)

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    Tracy says:

    I am following you on twitter and tweeted about your giveaway!

    smootiful@mommyniri Win Hooked On Phonics “Learn To Read” system at #mommyniricontest

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    Tracy says:

    I also subscribed!

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    Tracy says:

    I commented on one of your cool blog posts:

    Thanks so much!

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    Leann S says:

    I sent all four of my children to kindergarten reading fluently. I taught them using phonics. They started school ahead and have stayed ahead.

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    Maggie M says:

    Everyday after my daughter comes home from kindergarten we practice our reading. I enjoy seeing and hearing her progress and the time we spend together.

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    sheila veit says:

    I work at a school and this would be great to have.

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    Carol Lawrence says:

    I take my grandkids to the library with me to get books and I read them to the kids.

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    MJ says:

    I teach kindergarten. Start with simple. repetitive, interesting text!! I just got a student from Tanzania. This would be great for her!!


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    I primarily teach my kids to learn by giving them access to a wide variety of learning experiences. I’m not a “flash card mama”, but traditional teaching tools definitely have their place in the teaching arsenal.

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    Katherine Frazier says:

    My son has learning disbiblities and sight words are difficult for him. It was very frustrating.

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    Candie L says:

    I try to work with my children with their school work, but they inform me that their daddy is smarter and they would rather him help them (or they tell me they know everything and I do not know very much (even though I have a BA).

    Thank you

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    DanV says:

    We try to teach kids to learn by playing games that also teach and by reading and working math into our everyday routines

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    Jammie says:

    I had a hard time getting my daughter to read. I turned to hooked on phonics would love to win the kindergarten one for my niece I got 1st and 2nd grade already.

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    Jammie says:

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    Diane Baum says:

    I liked hooked on phonics for second graders

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    shirley says:

    i would love to have this for my grandchildren

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    Lori Z. says:

    I try to work letter and word recognition into the fun things that we do like labeling parts of our forts. The kindergarten version would be great for my daughter!

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    My daughter loves books, and she has since she was a baby, I believe it’s because every night we read no matter what. I would love the Pre-K one since she just started pre-k, it help give her a boost! We already do flash cards, but this would be great!! Thanks for the chance!

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    I subscribed via email!

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    I’m a fan on facebook! Sheila H.

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    Janet F says:

    I teach my grandson by reading books to him and taking him to the library.

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

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    Michelle H. says:

    I taught my oldest to read simple words before she entered school. I would love to win this for my younger kids. vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    Creating a Learning Environment
    Children enjoy learning when they can master an activity. Begin with a simple task and expand or complicate it after your child has enjoyed some successes.

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    I would love to win this, please enter me in the giveaway, thanks!

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    I also believe reading is very important and we make sure we read a book together every night before bed – this would be great!

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    Became a fan of your facebook page – I am Tara ;)


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    With my kids I used a lot of alphabet flashcards and turned it into a game. If they got the name or sound right they kept the card if not I kept the card (they wanted to get the most cards to win). I also printed an upper case and lower case of each letter and played memory wiht them. But they only got to keep the pair if they could name the letter and sound.

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    As a parent, its a trying and sometimes emotional experience teaching your own child educational work. I often marvel at mums or dads who are able to successfully home school. It takes a lot of patience!! My 4 yr old is naturally smart and has been writing, spelling his own name and various other words since he was 3, and has a huge appetite for learning.

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    I am a twitter follower

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    I am a follower of your fan page

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    I follow Mommy Niri on Twitter and will be retweeting your post. Would love to have the Hooked on Phonics set
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    Lee says:

    We have “BOB” books which are beginning readers books that we go over a few times a week.

    Lee :)
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    Lee says:

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    Alison says:

    I have three (yes, three!) children going into kindergarten this year. I work with them all daily on reading, writing, etc. etc. This would help us immensely! :D

    Thank you SO much.

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    Farahjb says:

    This is wonderful. Thanks for sharing this with all of your fans. I would love to have this for my daughter. She goes to school but is still strugling with letters, ect….

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    Farahjb says:

    I am a facebook fan.

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    Helen says:

    I taught my daughter how to spell her name by singing the letters of her name.

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    Laura Benjamin Emerson says:

    My 4 year old son Orion is autistic and I am so proud of how hard he works to learn things which a lot of children already know. He still has trouble with his name so I have made a giant poster in every room with all the letters I made in glitter and shiny construction paper. Each time he hears or sees something he runs to the board and under his name puts the letter which it starts with. Slowly he is learning his ABC’s and his name and I love the look of happiness he has when he says “Orion did it!”

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    Donna K says:

    They have alot of cool things to help kids learn.

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    Kym says:

    As a primary school teacher I understand how hard it is for kids to learn to read sometimes. Not all kids just get it. I would love my daughter to get a head start with this fantastic prize.

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    Lily Kwan says:

    I find that patience goes a long way in teaching kids to learn.

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