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Cauley to discuss teaching method at Saturday book signing

October 1, 2012

A new method of learning will be introduced Saturday.

“Reading and Spelling Pure and Simple,” written by local author Deede Cauley, will be featured at the Heritage Museum during a book signing from 1 p.m. until 2:30 p.m.

“I didn't plan on writing a book, it just kind of happened,” Cauley said.

The book is the product of an invitation to help four students learn to read. According to Cauley there was a short amount of time allotted to work with the students and she soon found herself rewriting lesson plans to accommodate what the children were needing to learn.

“I wanted to make things simplified and I ended up dividing the lessons into patterns, just like the book is broken up into,” she said.

“Reading and Spelling Pure and Simple” is the result of 15-plus years of research into a phonics system that will work for elementary, teenager and adult students. Her book combines her background as a public school teacher and FBI background.

“All my background in teaching and researching came together in this book with the love I have for children and teaching people how to read,” Cauley said.

There are 90 lessons broken into four units and designed to be simple for the teacher and student. According to Cauley, there are no pictures in the book in order to help the students focus on the words.

“I intentionally left pictures out so that students could focus on the learning the patterns in the words instead of guessing,” she said.

The book will be available for purchase during the book signing, but for those unable to make it, the book can be found online at More information on the book can also be obtained thorugh email at

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