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Adventures of Riverlea Farm

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The “Adventures of Riverlea Farm” have been designed as language rich, rhyming books to target the skills of vocabulary growth, listening skills (auditory processing and memory), and sound/syllable play (phonemic awareness) in an attempt to grow pre- and emerging reading (literacy) skills.  Printed books 1, 2 and 3 are available in the USA and printed books 1 through 8 are available in South Africa. We are thrilled to announce the series is now also available for kindle, Ipad cellphone, and desktop access as ebooks via Amazon.com! 

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Dr Penelope Alison

Dr. Penelope Alison has a PhD in Communication Disorders and is a transformation life coach.  Penelope was born in South Africa and immigrated to California as a young child, however, her love for South Africa brought her back year after year. In 2006, she took a giant leap of faith and returned to her roots. While she began in the hustle and bustle of Johannesburg, she now lives on a farm in the Midlands of KwaZulu-Natal with her husband and two small children.  When not practicing as an itinerant speech therapist and transitional life coach, Penelope can be found feeding, chasing, bathing the wild children and animals of Riverlea Farm. 

 

Read Books. Repeat.

The Adventures of Riverlea Farm is a book series ideal for children from 3 years to those learning to read (Grade R-Grade 3). As a speech language pathologist for the past twenty years, I have seen first hand the benefits of language rich homes. Books play a critical role in the home environment.

In our current “tele-visual” and digital era, the number of books children are being exposed to is dropping. Yet, research shows that children who are read to have better overall academic results once they reach school. A few minutes each day with a book in hand can help build countless skills, such as listening (auditory), talking (vocabulary expansion), memory (both visual and auditory), to name a few.

The Adventures of Riverlea Farm are rich with rhyme and balanced syllables to increase a child’s sound awareness (phonemics) and improve reading (pre-literacy) ability. It has been estimated that there is a “million word gap” between children by five years of age who have never been read to and those who have been exposed to five books a day (Logan et al., 2019). It is our aim to help bridge this gap with the goal of one book a day!

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ALL 8 books available in print form in South Africa

 We are currently running a special on all eight books! See our online “shop” for details.  

ALL 8 e-books available on Amazon.com

 Download your virtual adventures today. Free with Kindle Unlimited and $3.44 (US dollars) to buy.   https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08G8TNSLB?notRedirectToSDP=1&ref_=dbs_mng_calw_0&storeType=ebooks 

Books 1, 2, and 3 available in print form in USA

US customers be sure to use “PayGate” portal for international purchases.  You may  need to let your credit card companies know that you are making a purchase in South Africa.  We have stock of books 1, 2 and 3 in California for delivery via the US Postal Service.  

SchOOL VISITS

Educate. Entertain. Inspire.

Penelope Alison is happy to bring the adventure to YOU!  Whether a book share with speech sound and language lesson for “littles” OR a creative writing lesson for grades 3 and up, visits are flexible and a great way to expose our youth to the joys of literature.  Email adventuresofriverleafarm@gmail.com today for more details. 

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It has been estimated that there is a “million word gap” between children by five years of age who have never been read to and those who have been exposed to five books a day (Logan et al, 2019). It is my aim to help bridge this gap with the goal of one book a day!

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We All Have a Story I had a vision of sharing the Adventures of Riverlea Farm with the world and knew that putting pen to paper would not be the challenge.  Following a MOST informative Midland's Literary Festival in 2018, I was even open to the idea of...

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