Very often parents of 1st and 2nd graders get report cards that indicate a problem in reading, writing or behavior, and are told “Do not worry, your child will outgrow it”.
The numbers tell a different story. Research shows that almost 90 percent of the first graders with a word identification problem will be poor readers in 4th grade. When our daughter was in 1st grade, we received the same message.
The two biggest challenges were:
- We chose traditional interventions – and several of them
- By 4th grade our daughter was still struggling—and more anxious than ever!
Since 1997, we have helped hundreds of Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd graders, and seen some really positive results:
- One 1st grader was able to move from special education classes in 1st grade to gifted classes by 3rd grade
- One 2nd grader who was reading at the zero lexile ( i.e. an assessment that measures a student’s comprehension) in November, that means she was really far behind. She improved to comprehending close to grade level within 7 weeks and she was above grade level by 3rd grade
- Another 2nd grader was at the 18th percentile for reading comprehension in November, he was at the 49th percentile 4 months later and in the 83rd percentile by 3rd
- Just this Fall we have been working with Kindergarten twins who have NOTHING to do with reading. Their mom commented “ J, who refused to sit to read or review sight words with me and melted down every time I tried, was reading short books after only the second session. J, also had major difficulty with focusing which was addressed in his IEP. However, at a conference a few weeks ago with his teacher, she told me that had she not seen this in his IEP, she would have never known he had focusing issues, because he is completely focused in class. I FINALLY see the light of a bright future for my boys and am just amazed by this program. Mark and Mira TRULY care about my children and only want to help them”
- Their parents adopted a Success Mindset – they were committed to Success and Open on how to make it happen.
- Through our insights, they realized that:
- They chose to partner with us because we taught to their child’s strengths and engaged their child in the learning process, we identified and addressed their child’s challenges and we worked with the parent to set and achieve goals. This is quite different than other programs in 5 key ways:
- Our hands-on program focuses on building sight-word vocabulary, teaching our students how to recognize words they have seen and not mastered and to visualize what they read
- We identify and address the relevant challenges that might include attention, eye-teaming, working memory, processing speed and stress
- We leverage reading and vision software, where needed, to accelerate learning gains
- We help parents to be the coach and advocate their child needs
- We work with parents to improve self-esteem, self-advocacy skills and to enjoy reading
If you have a smart struggling Kindergarten, 1st or 2nd grader give us a call for a no cost Strategy Session at 561-361-7495