A new study has just been released that talks about the importance of reading at the proficient level by the end of 3rd grade. You can access it here. Reading on Grade Level in Third Grade: How is it Related to High School Performance and College Enrollment. Basically the study began in 1996 and 1997 and tracked students all the way to college to see if reading levels could determine success in High School and College. The answer to this question was definitely yes. For whatever reasons, if a child is able to read on grade level or above by the end of third grade, they he/she will lead a higher quality life. Isn’t this what we want for all of our students?
This is why I am so blessed to help these kids out when they need it. As many of you know I just began working with a little girl in Australia and after 3 sessions she has already made remarkable progress. Her mom IM’d me last night with this message,
Hi Joanne just had the most satisfing experience… Brooklyn is reading to her brother… Jack and the beanstalk… one thing she has never just picked up a book before and read it herself or been able to… she is not struggling ..she is able to read it with minamal help… wow I am too happy for words… after three sessions she is on the road to success THANK YOU…before the end of the year I can see with your help she will be up with or better than her class mates…wowohoo
This child is exactly the type of student that could have problems later on in life because of her reading level, but her mom decided to intervene and get her the help exactly when she needed it. Brooklyn is in 2nd grade and making great gains. As a result, she will be able to have a higher success rate later on in life.
I had the opportunity to talk about some things that parents could do on the Total Education Network before intervention would be needed. I give examples of games and activities that parents can play with their children. However, if you have already tried these things and they just havn’t worked and you are out of ideas, then the wonderful news is that there are people who can help. Getting help at the right time is pivotal to your child’s success. Thanks for reading and listen to the tips on the Total Education Network.