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A Fairfield Grandma spreads her love of words to kids and teens

A Fairfield grandmother shares her love of words and language with kids and teens using snail mail through her new creation Word Bird Delivers.

 
PRLog - Jan. 28, 2013 - ANSONIA, Conn. -- About a year ago, Terry Murphy of Ansonia noticed that her 8-year-old grandson and 9-year-old granddaughter were using more LOLs and OMGs in their conversations than actual words. Concerned, the nuclear medicine technologist and self-proclaimed “word evangelist” decided to take their language development into her own hands.

Soon after, Murphy mailed a plush bird to her grandchildren with a colorful note that read “Hey! I’m the Word Bird, and I’ve planted my nest in your mailbox.” After that, she mailed them a new word each week with a short story to help them remember what the word meant, and Word Bird Delivers (http://wordbirddelivers.com/) was born.

After a few regular visits to her grandchildren, neighbors began to take notice of Word Bird and asked Murphy for their own deliveries. Soon Word Bird was visiting a local fourth-grade classroom where the students eagerly awaited its arrival in the mail. That’s when Murphy knew she had a good idea, she says, and decided to share it with more than friends and family.

“We’re losing the love of language, and it is a powerful and necessary skill,” Murphy says. She assembled a team of vocabulary enthusiasts composed of teachers, artists, and technical gurus to get the website and business up and running.

“I get your kids or grandkids for 5 minutes a week, and I’ll do everything I can to spark their imagination and passion for words,” says Murphy, who now mails Word Birds to more than 100 kids ranging from kindergarten to eighth grade. “This is a privilege to share words with children,” Murphy says. “Definitely not a business, but a mission.”

For more information, visit wordbirddelivers.com.

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Location:Ansonia - Connecticut - United States
Industry:Education, Family
Tags:vocabulary, home schooling, learning, grandmother, Education
Last Updated:Feb 18, 2013
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