Common Obstacles for Young Readers


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Young Readers

Lew McGinnis, a real estate investor who has been in the field since the 1960s, has spent much of his life doing charitable work. One of the most common ways Lew McGinnis has helped others is by tutoring young people with language difficulties, helping them build the skills necessary to read and write well.

There are often many challenges for beginning readers, especially those with learning disabilities. One way in which a reading tutor can help a child is by identifying the source of the problem.

Some issues have to do with the shapes of words or letters. Children can have difficulty with letters that are shaped similarly, such as p and q, or which are inversions of each other, like u and n. They might also not be able to break up words well, leading to lines of text that look like long, unreadable words. These issues can be addressed by focusing directly on letter and sound recognition, as well as by having the child place a finger at the end of a word when writing, making the spaces between words more pronounced.

Other difficulties have to do with reading text in the right order. Some children start reading in the middle of the page, rather than going from top to bottom and left to right. They may also have difficulty doubling back at the end of a line, due to weak eye muscles. To help with these problems, tutors can find books with fewer lines, or place a sticker on the reader’s left hand as a reminder to start reading on the left.


Tips for Great Tutoring


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Lew McGinnis has been part of the real estate investment field for more than five decades, but has always made time to give back to the community. One of the ways in which Lew McGinnis has helped others is through tutoring underprivileged children, building their literacy skills to help them succeed.

While tutoring can seem like an easy job, getting good results requires care, thought, and a detail-oriented mindset. These tips can help any tutor get the most out of a tutoring session.

Keeping the focus on learning is one of the most crucial elements. Ignoring minor distractions and misbehavior while trying to keep the student on task goes a long way, as does consistent encouragement and commitment. Showing up on time, recognizing good behavior, and remaining diligent in the face of anything but egregious misdeeds all create an environment which helps the child learn effectively.

Attentiveness and a positive attitude also help a child learn a great deal. While it can be tempting to stay quiet except when mistakes are made, acknowledging success and good behaviors can teach a child to associate successful learning with good feelings. In addition, adjusting the student’s understanding as soon as an error is made can help minimize future mistakes and make the difference between the right and wrong answer clearer in the student’s mind.

The Importance of Phonetic “Invented” Spellings in Learning to Read


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Invented Spelling

As head of an investment company in Nicholls Hill, Oklahoma, Lew McGinnis draws on more than a half century of experience in the real estate investment sphere. Lew McGinnis has a strong community focus and, having been diagnosed with dyslexia as a child, works with underserved children in reinforcing reading abilities.

For young children, writing is an important part of gaining overall mastery of the alphabetic system. One classic study of preschoolers found that they used their knowledge of phonological relations to write words in invented ways that matched the sounds associated with the word. For example, “bk” could stand in for “bike.” Interestingly, the misspellings contribute to overall abilities in language, as the process of putting letters to sounds gets kids to actively consider letter-sound relations.

Classrooms that provide ample opportunities for children to express themselves through writing, without worrying too much about proper handwriting and spelling, engages them in a creative process that ultimately instills the real purpose of writing.

Tips for Inspiring a Love of Reading in Children

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Lew McGinnis, a real estate investor in Nichols Hill, Oklahoma, with nearly six decades of experience in the field. Away from his business activities, Lew McGinnis spends much of his time participating in charitable activities, particularly those that promote children’s literacy.

Teaching a child will significantly impact that child’s future educational development. Studies have shown that reading to and discussing literature with a child is the most effective way to increase a young person’s IQ. Similarly, children who go on to enjoy independent reading as a pastime typically develop advanced reading skills earlier and score better on standardized tests across all academic subjects. However, parents and teachers may find that teaching a child how to read is easier than developing a true passion for reading.

One of the most effective ways to inspire a lifelong love of reading in a child is simply to find a book that captures their interest in the same way as their favorite movie or video game. Decisions on specific titles are best left to the people who know an individual child’s personal interests, but lists of beloved books for children at all age levels can be found in numerous places, from the New York Public Library’s website, to TIME Magazine’s list of the 100 Best Children’s Books of All Time.

Other tips for preparing a child for a lifetime of reading include reading to a child at an early age, as often as possible. Scheduling regular visits to the local library can also help. Perhaps most importantly, adults should refrain from forcing a child to read, inadvertently turning the pastime into a chore. Instead, parents and teachers should allow children to develop their skills and interests as a reader at their own pace.

Adult New Readers Are Building Their Brains

Lew McGinnis, a real estate investor of Nichols Hill, Oklahoma, is proud of being a self-made businessman and real estate executive. He is also a dedicated donor to philanthropic causes that have improved the lives of people in Oklahoma and beyond. As a young man, Lew McGinnis struggled with dyslexia, and did not learn to read until the age of 18. He has since then dedicated himself to tutoring and encouraging young people in reading.

About 45 million American adults read at or below a fifth grade level; even among high school graduates, about one-fifth lack basic literacy skills. Millions aren’t even able to enjoy the simple pleasure of reading a bedtime story to their children. Yet people who learn to read as adults see new worlds open in front of their eyes, and can serve as inspirations to others as they persevere toward their goals.

Recent research strongly suggests that the brain itself undergoes significant changes whenever an adult learns to read. Every time a person learns a new language or skill, his or her brain creates new neural pathways. And now, the brain scans of emergent adult readers have also shown brain alterations deep below the surface of the cortex, the upper brain region previously thought to be mostly responsible for higher-level abilities such as reading.

Experts have pointed out that this research could be a game-changer in the ways educators teach literacy to adults.

Heritage Hall of Oklahoma City – Educating the Whole Student


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Heritage Hall of Oklahoma City

A real estate investor with over 50 years of experience, Lew McGinnis has invested in a variety of real estate properties in the Midwest and West. Lew McGinnis also has a history of participating in community service and formerly served on the board of directors for Heritage Hall in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

A Catholic college preparatory school founded in 1969, Heritage Hall educates some 850 students from kindergarten through high school. In addition to its robust academic curriculum, the school offers students a diverse array of athletic programs, from swimming and baseball to football and volleyball.

Also dedicated to developing students’ cultural knowledge and creativity, Heritage Hall ensures students have the opportunity to participate in visual and performing arts programming, including theater productions, instrumental and vocal music programs, and humanities courses. Sophomore and junior students can even choose to tailor their educations through the school’s Independent Studies Program (ISP), which allows students to engage in self-directed study in a variety of disciplines outside the classroom.

To learn more about Heritage Hall, visit

Kino School of Tucson, Arizona

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Kino School

Lew McGinnis has more than five decades of experience in the real estate investment sector. Also involved in philanthropic endeavors, Lew McGinnis was one of the founders of Kino Learning Center (Kino School), a Catholic school in Arizona.

Located on 10 acres in Tucson, Arizona, Kino School dates back to 1976, when it was founded as Sacred Heart School. The school serves students from primary school through high school but doesn’t divide students into specific grade levels. For example, primary students are between 4.5 and 7 years old, and middle-level students are aged 8 through 10.

Kino School is committed to individualized educational programming, small class sizes, and a progressive education. Students at the Kino School enjoy the freedom to be involved in creating their educational experiences while learning to be responsible citizens. Dedicated to inclusion, the school welcomes students with all different ability levels and strives to make accommodations for students with academic or physical special needs.

Preparing Real Estate Leaders at the University of Arizona

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Master of Real Estate Development

Going only as far as the 8th grade did not prevent Lew McGinnis from eventually leading his own $400 million residential-industrial project, then the largest of its kind in Tucson, Arizona. Lew McGinnis’ real estate development achievements at one point saw him giving lectures to students at the University of Arizona (AU) to help them succeed in the real estate realm.

To develop aspiring real estate investors and developers, AU offers its Master of Real Estate Development (MRED) program through the College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture. The MRED program is best suited for professionals who desire increased knowledge of the entire building industry as well as for those who want to become real estate developers and leaders.

The program’s focus is on private/public partnerships, sustainable cities, green building, transit-oriented development, and sustainable and responsible development. Students experience real work projects, and one group’s entry was a finalist in the 2016 Bank of America Merrill Lynch Low Income Housing Project. The course can be completed in three semesters and graduates have a 100 percent employment record.

Distinguished Speaker Series Enriches Student Education

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Distinguished Speakers Series

A skilled entrepreneur and real estate agent with more than 50 years of experience, Lew McGinnis manages his own real estate investment firm in Nicholls Hill, Oklahoma. Lew McGinnis maintains a high level of community involvement outside his professional responsibilities and formerly held positions on the board of directors for numerous organizations and educational institutions. He previously served on the board of directors for the Oklahoma-based Heritage Hall High School, which offers a Distinguished Speaker Series for students.

The Distinguished Speaker Series acts as an extension of Heritage Hall’s commitment to a rich education and engages students in compelling discussions about art appreciation, history, and current events. It features prominent speakers and performers from a variety of professions, in addition to Heritage Hall alumni members. Open to students and members of the public alike, the series also includes informal receptions at the end of each presentation that give attendees the opportunity to meet the speakers.

For more information about the Distinguished Speakers Series and a list of past and future guests, visit