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.


The Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum’s Efforts to Fight Buffelgrass


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Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Real estate investor Lew McGinnis began his career as an entrepreneur when he was 12 years old. Early success led to numerous ventures that included auto sales and real estate. A longtime philanthropist as well, Lew McGinnis has served as an advocate for literacy and education. He has served as the director of a number of organizations, including the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Foundation.

On its 98-acre campus in Tucson, Arizona, the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum blends exhibits that feature zoological, botanical, artistic, and historical themes. Unlike other museums, Arizona-Sonora Desert successfully brings different disciplines together to inspire residents and visitors and to increase their understanding of the Sonoran Desert ecosystem.

A key element of the museum’s endeavors includes a commitment to conservation and education. The Conservation Education and Science Department serves as a regional hub for ongoing educational, awareness, and research programming. The department is currently an integral part of the region’s fight against buffelgrass, an invasive plant that is a significant threat to the Sonoran Desert’s ecosystem.

Indigenous to Africa and Asia, buffelgrass was introduced to the region in the 1940s in an experiment to test the grass’s effectiveness in preventing erosion. Unfortunately, the grass spread and now competes with native species for precious water, nutrients, and space. Researchers have noticed a significant reduction of saguaro cactus populations since buffelgrass was introduced.

In addition to damaging the Sonoran Desert’s ecosystem, buffelgrass poses a risk to life and property. The grass is drought hardy, extremely durable, and fire resistant. Fires that start in areas with prolific buffelgrass burn hotter and spread faster.

Efforts to remove buffelgrass include manual and mechanical removal, chemical application, and biological control. Awareness campaigns have been launched to educate the public about the risks of buffelgrass. Conservation efforts also involve recruiting volunteers to manually remove the plants.

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.

Pima Air and Space Museum’s Programs for Kids

Pima Air & Space Museum

Based in Nichols Hills, Oklahoma, Lew McGinnis guides Consolidated Capital Investments where he leverages more than five decades of real estate investment experience. Community involved, Lew McGinnis is active with the Methodist Church and has past experience as director of the Pima Air and Space Museum.

Situated on 80 acres and encompassing a half dozen indoor exhibit hangars, the Tucson, Arizona, museum maintains an extensive World War II collection and also features iconic aircraft such as the Wright Flyer and the 787 Dreamliner.

A focus of the museum is educating youth on aviation history through Soarin’ Saturdays events that take place in the Space Gallery Classroom and are free with admission. One popular event is the monthly Model Airplane Make N’Take, which provides children with snap-together model airplanes they assemble with guidance from Sonoran Desert Model Builders volunteers.

Every second Saturday of the month is reserved for a rocket science-themed experiential program that provides children with knowledge of the laws of motion through building and testing experiments. Another offering is How Things Fly, which explores aerodynamics through hands-on exercises and demonstrations. All Soarin’ Saturdays events require parent participation, with advance reservations recommended.

Conserving the Sonoran Desert’s Native Pollinators


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Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Foundation

An accomplished entrepreneur, Lew McGinnis has been involved in business for over 55 years. Active in civic organizations, Lew McGinnis has served as a director of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Foundation.

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is engaged in numerous projects to conserve pollinator species native to the area. Pollinators support plant pollination, which is essential for the formation of fruits and vegetables. They also maintain biodiversity. The Sonoran Desert is home to numerous springs and other water sources, making it an ideal home for native pollinators such as the monarch butterfly. Unfortunately, climate change and human encroachment are reducing the number of these natural water sources, causing the pollinators to migrate en masse.

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is working with professional teams from various organizations to advance pollinator species conservation, and has started a number of projects aimed at improving conservation efforts. These include performing milkweed surveys, collecting seed varieties, improving natural habitats, propagating native plants, monitoring pollinator breeding areas, determining migration patterns, and identifying migration flyways.

The Upcoming Season of the Arizona Opera Company

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Arizona Opera Company

An experienced entrepreneur, Lew McGinnis began his first business as a child. He worked his way up to success in real estate development, overseeing projects such as the Williams Center in Tucson, Arizona. Moreover, Lew McGinnis has served as the director of the Arizona Opera Company.

Since its establishment in 1971, the Arizona Opera Company has produced concerts, operas, and collaborative programs on a seasonal basis. The upcoming season of operas will feature the following shows:

1. Maria de Buenos Aires: Seeking freedom, Maria leaves her life of innocence behind and is consumed by the darkness of the Buenos Aires slums.

2. Charlie Parker’s Yardbird: This tale of an American saxophonist delves into the dark struggles of his life; it features distinctive jazz influences.

3. La Traviata: Violetta chooses to sacrifice her accomplishments for the love of Alfredo Germont, ultimately facing heartrending decisions and complex truths.

4. Silent Night: During World War I, German, French, and British soldiers call a temporary truce, meeting in no-man’s-land in honor of Christmas.

5. The Marriage of Figaro: Mozart’s classic pits Figaro, a groom-to-be, against his master, Count Almaviva, who is determined to seduce the bride-to-be; there is a complex cast of characters, all of whom are seeking their own happiness.

City of Hope’s Diabetes and Metabolism Research Institute


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City of Hope

A real estate investor with over 55 years of experience, Lew McGinnis works to share his success with those in need. Over the years, Lew McGinnis has dedicated his time and resources to a number of organizations, including City of Hope.

In addition to providing outstanding care for those with cancer and other serious illnesses, City of Hope oversees various research and education initiatives focused on several areas of medicine. For more than four decades, the organization has pursued lifesaving research in the field of diabetes. Today, City of Hope continues this work at its Diabetes and Metabolism Research Institute.

Headed by Arthur D. Riggs, PhD, a pioneer in the area of insulin treatment, the institute comprises seven departments and programs that advance research to better understand the genetic and molecular causes of diabetes. Researchers at the institute are also working to develop innovative drugs and interventions that treat the disease at a molecular level. The institute’s other primary goals include building a better understanding of the relationship between diabetes and cancer while developing treatments that target both diseases.

Current projects at City of Hope’s Diabetes and Metabolism Research Institute are, among other things, focused on creating insulin-producing cells from stem cells, improving treatments for complications caused by diabetes, and creating drugs that offer the same glucose-controlling benefits as those of exercise. The institute is also advancing groundbreaking research toward a cure for type 1 diabetes.

Become a Volunteer Docent at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum


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Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Real estate investor Lew McGinnis owns a real estate investment firm in Nichols Hill, Oklahoma. A longtime community service leader and foundation board member, Lew McGinnis formerly served as the director of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Foundation.

Ranked as one of the top 10 museums in the country by TripAdvisor, the 98-acre Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is home to a zoo, botanical garden, aquarium, and natural history museum. It relies on the support of volunteer docents, who engage visitors in the experience and help them appreciate the natural beauty of the Sonoran Desert. In addition to leading tours, docents support museum special events and conduct live animal interpretations.

To become a docent, volunteers, who must be members of the museum, are required to complete a training course and commit to a minimum of two years. Participants in the training course attend two four-hour classes per week for 15 weeks, learning about topics ranging from the history of the museum to ecology and geology. At the end of the course, graduates receive diplomas at a special graduation ceremony and are welcomed to the museum family.

To learn more about becoming a docent at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, visit

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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.