Back on Track
Back on Track
- July 20, 2022
- Posted by: Caitlin McCallum
- Category: Wow Story
Mark came to Our Shepherd this year. He is in the second grade and had been at home for the past 1 ½ years because of COVID. He knew his sounds associated with the letters, but struggled blending them together to form words. He also was way behind in knowing his sight words. So, we began to catch him up.
Mark was a very quiet student. Most of my students are very, very talkative with lots of movement. Mark was different. I could tell he was insecure about his skills and was starting to internalize his weaknesses. So, we started with his blending skills using word families. Once he caught on to recognizing the endings of the word families, the replacing of the first sound to form new words became easy for him. He began reading the word family words fluently. He also started to come out of his shell and feel better about himself.
We then went into sight words. Mark didn’t know all the Kindergarten sight words, so we started with those. We used the Orton-Gillingham program which focuses on repetition of a word, reading the word in texts, writing the word in sentences and also sensory learning activities. Once the Kindergarten sight words were accomplished, we moved into the First grade sight words and then finally into Second grade sight words. He accomplished these over a period of a few months.
I then felt Mark was ready to move into reading to start improving his fluency. We started with passages that were Kindergarten level. We did repeated timed readings of different passages and moved on when his reading rate reached the norm for that grade. Mark moved slowly at first, but then picked up speed as he became stronger in his word knowledge base. As he moved up in the level of reading passages, I started to add comprehension questions. He became successful in both his fluency and comprehension.
What this boy did in a year is amazing! He is now reading at a second quarter/second grade level. His demeanor has changed too. He is now a boy who tells me stories all the time and is lively as the rest of my students. He has a new confidence in himself and I know that this confidence will help move forward successfully.
~written by Sarah Mischley, LSEM Teacher at Our Shepherd Lutheran School in Birmingham, MI