Case Study 2: Advancing 2 Reading Grades in Just 8 Weeks.
How My Grade 2 Students Caught Up to Grade Level in Reading in Just 2 Months.
Do you have a child that has fallen behind in reading? Have you had that "dreaded" talk with your child's teacher, to discover that your son or daughter's reading skills are far behind, and will need extra remedial reading? I work with children of all ages, from as young as 2 to 3 years old, up to older grade 2 and 3 students, and all of the students I've worked with have caught up to their grade levels, and went on to excel at reading.
I've worked with different students from a variety of backgrounds and situations, and see if any of these might sound familiar to you:
- "My daughter's teacher told me she was far behind in her reading. She's been attending extra reading help classes at school with several other kids, but there's very little improvement after half a school year."
- "My son missed a lot of school days due to illness in kindergarten, and could not read at all when he started grade 1. He was behind most of the other students in his class in reading."
- "My daughter was put in a special remedial reading class where they used computers and some sort of reading program. She seemed to improve a little bit, but she is still far behind other grade 2 students."
- "My child's (G2) teacher just told me she is only approaching a K-G1 reading level..."
- And so on...
These are just some of the situations and stories that come to mind from the many students and parents I've worked with, and you know what, with these older students, by the time they completed my reading program (usually 8 to 12 weeks), they were ALL reading at or above grade level.
The Parents Couldn't Believe the Results...
This case study is about two grade 2 students I worked with (R. G. and F. H.). They don't know each other and are from different schools. What they had in common was their great difficulties in reading. Although they started around the same time, they attended different classes of my reading program.
One commonality between these 2 students is that they were pronouncing over half of the phonemes (sounds) incorrectly. In fact, it's not just them - about 9 out of 10 students I get are taught most of the sounds incorrectly! The problem/issue is how children are taught the sounds at preschool and kindergarten. When you learn the wrong sounds, you're going to have problems at reading and decoding.
With these 2 students, R. G. had a much worse pronunciations of the sounds than F. H., and during the very first lesson, I spent a great deal of time and effort explaining to both of their parents why their children are having reading problems, why their phoneme pronunciations are causing problems, and how imperative it is to focus on correcting the sounds as we work through the reading program.
My initial reading assessment put their reading levels at around a K-G1 level. They both completed my reading program in just 8 weeks, and by the end of 2 months, both were reading at a grade 2 level with significantly improved reading accuracy and fluency. The teachers of both students had asked the parents about what they had been doing to help their child improve at such an amazing speed.
Here's what one parent had to say about her daughter, R.G.'s results:
We are very impressed with the results! The program is excellent for any age level. My daughter is in grade 2, and it was brought to my attention by her teacher that her reading level was below grade level. After 2 months, my child is now reading at grade level and expected to excel beyond. The program is well established and Jim is great with children, always willing to help.
My daughter looked forward to her lessons. She was scared of reading at the start - afraid of being wrong. Yet after 2 months, she has started beginner novels and reads on her own! She enjoys sounding out tough words which boosts her self-esteem, and it's nice to see her (age 7) teaching her younger brother (age 4) how to read. Her teacher at school also noticed the amazing improvement.
The program is excellent and would highly recommend it to parents who have children in the same situation as we did.
At the end of 8 weeks, we made a short video of R. G. reading a level 4 book. Click below and then scroll down to see "Success Story #6" video). This is the kind of result that is possible with the teaching methods taught in my program:
While these types of results are quite common with my reading program, sometimes, it is a bit of a challenge to get some of the parents of my students onboard. Our program always starts with the foundation building, regardless of the age of the student. Without a solid foundation, you're not going to get very far, and the foundation building process looks deceptively "easy". Because of that, some parents tend to think "this stuff is so easy, how could this possibly help my child learn to read better?"
The general thinking is that "you should give students 'big' words to read, to help them become better readers." But nothing is further from the truth. If you start off with "big", "tough" words, you will accomplish nothing other than cause frustration, unnecessary stress, and lead to a further loss of self-confidence in the student.
Learning to read is NOT about memorizing sight words, it's not about jumping in with big, long words, it's not about mindlessly "reading stuff" over and over... No, learning to read involves first building a rock solid foundation in phonetics and decoding - this is the base from which fast, accurate, and fluent readers are built from. Our Children Learning Reading program accomplishes all of this in a logical and sequential order.
Below is what F. H.'s mom had to say about her daughter's results:
I would highly recommend Jim's reading program for any parent who has a child struggling with reading. When my daughter started the program, it looked so simple it was hard to believe that it would work, but as the reading program progressed, and my child started getting it, there was no looking back. I'm really happy in just a matter of 8 weeks, my 7 year old can actually read.
Both students attended my classes twice a week, and each class is 30 minutes.
After about 3.5 weeks (7 classes), we completed stage 1 of my reading program (there are 2 stages). With older students, we progress much faster. You could say stage 1 is the "easy" stage, but I prefer to call it the foundation building stage. By this time, parents of both R. G. and F. H. had told me (around the same time) that their teachers had noticed their marked improvement in reading skills, and asked what they were doing outside of school.
By the end of 8 weeks, we completed stage 2 of our reading program, which deals much more with the complex code of decoding and reading. By this time, their parents were extremely happy with the reading results they were seeing - their children were reading at grade level and even reading some short novels. At this time, I did another reading assessment with them using the Burt Word Reading test.
- R. G. scored a reading age of 7.7 years and 80th percentile of grade 2
- F. H. scored a reading age of 7.6 years and 75th percentile of grade 2
No matter what age your child is, and no matter what situation you are in, the techniques and methods taught in our reading program will enable you to easily and effectively teach your child to read.