- July 7, 2021
- Posted by: Caitlin McCallum
- Category: Wow Story
This was my first year with LSEM. My prior experience involved working with middle school students, 6th and 7th graders. I knew I would be in for new experiences as I walked into an elementary building and was asked to work with younger students.
At first, it was quite the transition and I had to adjust my teaching methods, but I loved it. The enthusiasm and eagerness to learn at this level is so inspiring, and I am so proud of how much all of my elementary students have improved this year. But my two energetic kindergarten students stand out.
The girls were six at the beginning of the year, and had limited exposure in school (a few months of preschool before covid shut schools down last year). In September, neither girl was able to identify any letter of the alphabet. In fact, one of the girls said numbers in lieu of letters when assessed. The girls were also unable to identify sounds in words. I spent the year working one-on-one with each girl, and their improvement is amazing. Both girls can now consistently say every letter of the alphabet (both upper and lower case), can identify initial and end sounds, their phoneme fluency is improving daily, and they are currently sounding out words while reading! The smiles on their faces each time I work with them has been a joy and their steady progress has been wonderful to see.
~written by Margaret Hocking, LSEM teacher at Concordia Lutheran School in Redford, MI