A Kindergarten Wow Story
Sometimes a child will come to us needing an extra dose of support and encouragement. Maybe they’re behind in reading or struggling to keep up with the curricular demands of the grade level. Sometimes it takes just a little bit of special care in helping that child learn to make all the difference in their self-confidence and outlook at school.
LSEM began working with a kindergarten girl at Immanuel Lutheran in Elmhurst, IL. The girl entered kindergarten unfamiliar with the written alphabet and was only able to recognize 10 uppercase letters and 6 lower case letters. She did not know any corresponding letter sounds. Needless to say, when she was in school, she felt extremely frustrated that she was not able to do what her peers were able to do. She was having a very hard time and not enjoying school. She would cry everyday.
We started working with the child 3 mornings a week. The first things implemented to help her were the Lexia Core 5 Learning system, as well as flash cards, and lots of multi-sensory teaching strategies. Slowly but surely, the child has improved to the point where she is now reading and ready to move on to first grade! Most importantly, she is so proud of herself and so happy. She isn’t crying in school and she participates in circle time and loves to demonstrate how well she is doing.
The kindergarten teacher at Immanuel recently had the students write a book, illustrate their book, and then read it to the class. It was wonderful to see this girl read her little book and see how proud she is of herself. The girl’s mother has said that she feels like she is a different child than she was at the start of kindergarten.
LSEM is here to make changes like this in the lives of students. With some extra help, these kids can go from school struggle to school success!