20% The percentage of Grade 1 students who will have difficulty learning to read and write.
The fact that Reading Recovery is an early intervention is what makes it so successful. Working with a highly-skilled teacher for about 40 hours of targeted instruction means children can quickly catch up with their peers so they are well equipped for the rest of their educational journey.
The boy who cried ‘You know I hate to read!’ is now proud of his reading.
Adam loves to read now, but his mother remembers the struggles. “I thought it would just come to him in time, but it didn’t. When he tried and words wouldn’t come out, I could see him well up.”
Adam’s parents were relieved when the school contacted them about bringing Adam into Reading Recovery lessons. “My husband and I noticed a positive effect on Adam very early into the program,” she says. “Adam said he was enjoying his lessons, and we could see he was becoming more comfortable with his reading in other areas too. I remember him saying, ‘You told me I could do it and you were right, Mommy.’”
Adam’s mother enjoyed observing lessons, and was very impressed as she watched his teacher skillfully and quickly guide Adam as he became an increasingly effective reader and writer. “My little boy dramatically improved his reading and writing within a few short weeks. I truly believe this experience had a positive effect on his attitude towards school. He has demonstrated to himself that he can be successful at something he thought was difficult at first.”
— Adam’s Mom
My son wasn’t able to identify letters before he started learning through Reading Recovery. Now he is reading full sentences to his younger brother before bed.
Kelly says her son is very busy and always had trouble focusing on reading. Now she says she is not sure what she would have done without his Reading Recovery teacher. “He really needed the one-on-one instruction; he did well with the full attention and I don’t believe it would have worked otherwise,” she says. “I don’t believe every child is the same and Reading Recovery really focused on what worked for him. Now he loves to read and feels so proud reading to his brother. Reading is now part of our family time.”
— Kelly, Mother of a Reading Recovery Student
As a parent, I witnessed the transformation a child can feel when they learn to read and write.
Travis is currently in university and doing well, but in grade one he had a great deal of difficulty learning to read and write. After a few weeks of Reading Recovery lessons, his attitude toward school improved and so did his marks. In grade 8 Travis won several awards, including one for perseverance. His mother wrote to us:
“I believe that what Travis was able to accomplish in middle school and in high school hinged on the success he experienced through the Reading Recovery program. As a parent, I have witnessed the transformation a child can feel when they learn to read and write, and there is no better feeling than to celebrate this success with your child.
— Travis’ Mom
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