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HEATHER WILSON is the recipient of the Girl Scout's Silver Award for her 18-page phonics workbook titled "ABC Sounds." Students at Camerado Springs Head Start enjoy using the book. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene

Prospecting

Wilson’s award-winning project makes learning fun

By From page B7 | September 27, 2013

Heather Wilson wanted to make learning the enunciation of words fun for the 15 pre-school students she works with at Camerado Springs Head Start.

Wilson, a Ponderosa High School sophomore, put together an 18-page phonics workbook titled “ABC Sounds,” which help develop sounds that include vowels and enunciation for the pre-school students. Through research, she learned how sounds developed and implemented them into the workbook.

“I enjoy working with kids,” Wilson said. “I just decided to make a speech book.”

Carolyn Wilson, Heather’s mother, added, “It is a basic tool that the preschool can use to help the kids learn and record their letters and sounds.”

Heather’s accomplishment earned the her the Girl Scout’s Silver Award, the second highest award a Girl Scout can earn next to the Gold Award.

Wilson is a member of Troop 1440. She put in more than 50 hours of research and work creating the workbook.

The Silver Award recognizes Girl Scouts for leadership, organizational skills and doing a project that  improves the community.

Wilson was pleased with her book and said the students “got better” with the use of the work book.

“It was good,” Wilson said.

After putting together the workbooks Wilson is thinking about a career in the educational field after she graduates from Ponderosa in 2016.

“I like caring for little kids,” Wilson said.

She’s also thought about working with animals.

“She’s very good with animals,” the proud mom said. “She has many options.”

Democrat Staff

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