Below are two first-hand stories from teachers in The Nourishing Place's ENHANCE After-school Tutoring program. They show just two of the many examples of success that this program has achieved this year, and we're excited to share these, and more of ENHANCE's great work, with you as the year progresses.
At the beginning of the year, I had a 6-year-old male student who was not only unable to read simple CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words, but he also did not recognize many of his alphabet sounds. In class, he was becoming a behavior issue due to his inability to stay on track with the rest of the group. Since tutoring, I have seen a drastic improvement in not only his behavior but in his reading ability as well.
When ENHANCE After-school Tutoring first began, we had to start with his ability to recognize alphabet sounds. After a few short tutoring sessions, he could fully recognize all his letter sounds. Once he was able to master his sounds we then began blending words together. Once again, after a short while, his reading ability shot up and he could read any CVC word he was given.
This student’s ability to recognize his sight words also drastically improved thanks to his tutoring sessions. With his remaining tutoring time available this year, we will be working on his fluency and ability to comprehend grade-level text. If it were not for this extra small group time with him after school, I do not think he would have improved as quickly as he has.
I have a 9-year-old girl in my class who was reading more than two grades below her grade level. She was withdrawn and uncooperative during class. Her self-esteem was the lowest I’ve seen in a long time.
Since she has been in the ENHANCE After-school Tutoring Program, her reading level has progressed to just barely below her grade level. She works extremely hard and is very focused on understanding how she can achieve her goals in my classroom. I am certain, based on her determination and the success she has attained so far in the program, that she will find herself reading on grade level or above before the end of the school year. It feels very gratifying to have experienced her blossoming from the highly introverted, shy person she was into the motivated, confident person she is today.