The seeds for Read It Once Again were planted in 1998 when Rae Schaper became involved in a public school preschool program. Out of need, she had to develop her own curriculum for the classroom. After some trial and error, she found that students responded to consistency and repetition as she read classic preschool literature to them. Using that experience, she developed her curriculums around popular children’s books. Rae also had a problem with lack of parent or guardian involvement, which included reading to their children. By focusing all classroom learning on one book at a time, she discovered that her children were better able to learn basic academic concepts and enjoyed memorizing words or phrases from the story. At the conclusion of each unit, the child was given their own personal copy of the book to take home. She found that the child insisted that parents read the story with them. Read It Once Again is successful because the interest in reading is generated by the child. Adding a familiar book at the end of each month sustained the motivation. Results were amazing. Other teachers became aware of her methods and success in the classroom and started requesting copies of the curriculums. Over the past 18 years, she has completed 31 different literary units and has customers throughout the country.
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Rae graduated with a BS in Special Education from the University of Wisconsin in 1974. She taught preschool special education in Wisconsin for several years before moving to South Carolina in 1993. After moving, she pioneered an early childhood special education program in Spartanburg County. In 1996 she completed her masters degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of South Carolina, Spartanburg.
In 1998, Rae traded the preschool setting to teach Curriculum, Assessment, and Elementary Literature classes to undergraduates at Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina. Rae also taught Early Childhood Special Education Curriculum classes at a graduate level at Converse College in Spartanburg South Carolina. During that time, she also began providing consultation and teacher curriculum training in public and private schools. In 2000, Rae began devoting 100% of her time to developing the curriculum into what it is today. Today she continues to write and provide teacher training along with writing. She lives in Inman, South Carolina with her husband.