Feedback From Happy Students and Families
(Note: names have been omitted or changed for privacy reasons.)
From James, father of 2nd grader Mary, after only 2 weeks of tutoring:
"The major thing I've noticed is that Mary's concentration and stamina have dramatically improved since starting to work with you. She is doing better at reading words and reliably getting some letters (and letter combos) that have been tough for her correct the first time.
Sam worked with Daniela back in 2nd grade. He's now starting 4th grade, and his mom sent us this (about Sam and his younger brother Toby, who is working with Sasha):
"I just wanted to share with you that Sam [who worked with Kids Up Reading Coaches 2 years ago] is doing extremely well with his reading at school. Today we got his reading scores, and he is in the 90th percentile. I am very grateful for all the work that you did with him, your patience above all and really the support to build a strong foundation to propel him forward!
From Samantha, Paul's mom:
From Caroline, mother of a third grader:
"Now that our son is working with Daniela, we have decided to keep him at the neighborhood public school instead of a school for kids with learning difficulties. And I know that if he's not caught up by the beginning of the summer, he can continue the tutoring during the summer for an hour before or after his regular camps, instead of being in a half-day or full-day summer program specifically geared toward reading, like at Lab [the Lab School in Washington, DC]."
From Emily, Charlie's mom:
Mother of an initially reluctant 4th grader, after his first lesson:
"I talked with Thomas right afterwards and he was really happy with how the session went. He even said he had fun!!"
Amber, mother of a 2nd grader:
"Daniela Feldhausen is amazing!! We started with her in April, worked hard all summer and now [in November] my 8 year old is reading at a second grade level!! She was still at kindergarten level when we started. Massive improvements thanks to her!!
Nicole, mother of a 3rd grader:
"Now that he's in person at school...his teacher has noticed that overall his reading fluency has improved drastically."
Laurie, mother of a 5th grader:
"She is tutoring my 5th grade son 3x/week and even though we've only been doing it a few weeks, he's made a ton of progress. We were able to work the schedule so that he sees her virtually during an elective period." And, after almost 2 months of coaching: "I was actually out getting a book he asked me to get-this is the first time he's asked for a book! They're reading it in class and he wanted a copy at home. He also said he finished a book at school this week without using the audio version. Out of the blue this week he also showed me what you were working on last Friday-him writing a story you dictated. He seemed to be very proud of that. These are definitely big improvements for him... He's definitely improving and becoming more confident in reading... And I love the detailed reports of things he's working on."
Lorie, mother of an 8th grader:
"My rising 9th grader struggled to spell at an elementary school level. My neighbor recommended Daniela and it has been life changing for him. He was recently able to complete a high school level geography SOL spelling on his own which he would not have been able to do before working with Daniela. His stress and anxiety levels have decreased significantly. Both of us are so much more confident about his transition to his very competitive high school. I'm sure that as he works with Daniela his skill levels and confidence will continue to grow with leaps and bounds."
Parents of 6th grade and 4th grade boys:
"After Daniela started working with and having great success with our 4th grader, we suspected our 6th grader might need some support as well - as evidenced by his challenges in spelling (though no reading challenges). Daniela assessed for and recognized the gaps in our 6th grader's phonics skills, which he was cleverly working around but which would most certainly have caught up to him in 7th/8th grade and beyond. She engages our 6th grader in his own success by leveraging his spelling samples from school, including him in the ordering of activities in each session and showing him his progress. Daniela tailors her approach and pace differently and appropriately for our 4th and 6th graders to hone in on their focus areas for noticeable improvements. We are so appreciative of Daniela and the positive results we're seeing with both of our sons. We highly recommend her!"
From Melissa, the mother of 4th grader Charlie, to Meg:
"Meg, Thank you for the update. Charlie absolutely raves about you every day. From the connection to trains or coasters, to the amazing positive reinforcement he gets, he is always sharing new things the two of you worked on. Great job!"
And later, in a follow up to Daniela: "Meg is great. Charlie looks forward to every session with her."
Mother of a 1st grader:
"[My husband] and I were just commenting last night how amazing it is that she never complains about coming home from school and immediately jumping on Zoom for your time with her. She is learning so much and I am so grateful for your work with her and that we found you when we did."
Mother of a 1st grader, after 6 weeks of tutoring:
"I just wanted to let you know that Margot was using the skills she's learned with you this weekend when she was writing her birthday thank you notes. She was sounding out the words as she was writing and for necklace, she said, that's ck. I was very surprised she knew that and said so. She said, well Miss Daniela told me that it's ck when the vowel is short. She also was able to spell lights correctly. I was impressed:)" And just a few weeks after that: "Margot just told me she loves reading. She said it's her favorite thing ever!"
Father of a rising 3rd grader:
"Thank you for the update, and for all your continuing work with [our daughter]. I was sitting in the next room while [she] had her lesson yesterday (and earlier this week), and her reading is so much improved. She seems to be flying through Diary of a Pug, not getting tripped up on too many words, handling some tricky words well, understanding the story as she reads, and clearly enjoying it with her dramatic renditions."
Text exchange between the parents of a rising 3rd grader, after a few months of tutoring:
Dad: "I'm almost in tears listening to her. She's come so far." Mom: "She really has."
Robin, mother of a 1st grader in a Montessori school that doesn't teach children to read until 2nd grade:
"Thank you! She was practicing up a storm last night after dinner. 'Mom! Ask me how to write anything. I can do it!' She is gaining such confidence - real confidence, not false bravado. It's so amazing to see."
Mother of a 2nd grader, after only 3 weeks of tutoring:
"We are already seeing a HUGE improvement in Penelope. Last night she was confused as Phoebe was not pronounced with a long O sound. I almost cried."
Jenna, after her son Tom's first week with Rachel:
Mother of a 3rd grader:
"I really appreciate your [Amber's] thorough updates. Gabe is making tremendous strides thanks to your help." And then his father added: "I just want to second what [his mother] said. We are seeing a lot more confidence and spontaneous reading by Gabe, which is really fantastic. I think your sessions are really making a huge positive impact!"
Mom's feedback after Meg's first session with 4th grader Charlie:
"What a great first day. We do have book 24 [Magic Tree House] so I will put it on Charlie's desk for today's session. He had glowing reviews of your session. He especially liked how enthusiastic you were when he got things right. I think a big part of Charlie's issue is confidence. How that translates specifically to reading I will leave to your expertise.
Only two week into lessons with Sasha over the summer, one rising first grader's mother sent us this:
From the mother of a first grader who's working with Sasha:
Liz, mother of a 3rd grader who worked with Kerry:
"Hi Kerry, thank you so much for all of the help you gave [my daughter] this year. She was always excited for her sessions with you and cheerful afterward, and from my perspective she improved beautifully with your help!!"
From Rachel, a second grader's mom, responding to the weekly update in which her tutor mentioned their work on the hard and soft c and g that week:
From a conversation between Daniela and Cindy, mother of a 3rd grader, about why Cindy prefers Daniela to her daughter's two previous (less expensive) reading tutors:
From the father of a 4th grader, after about a month of tutoring:
"Thank you, Sasha. We are very pleased with the progress Bekalu is making with you. You have hit it off with him and manage to keep his attention focused for the entire session. Coupled with seeing [his SLP] on Saturday mornings, we think that Bekalu may actually start to enjoy reading! "
After this exchange, Bekalu's mom asked Bekalu how he feels about the tutoring, and here's his response: "Before Sasha started helping me I hated reading. Now I think I like it."
And then from dad: "Daniela, I am just curious what you think is the secret sauce that you use to get kids like Bekalu reading. I hear Sasha (and before them, you) giving Bekalu lots of choices and I wonder if that’s it. You also seem to make it fun somehow. Anyway, whatever methods you have developed, work well. Congrats. "
After 2 months of tutoring, mom again: "Watching Bekalu’s progress in reading with you and Sasha is magical."
From Jennie, mother of a 4th grader, after a month of tutoring:
"We put our kids in a tiny Montessori school so they would be in person as we know how important that is. BUT this Zoom model works great. The main thing I appreciate is the convenience of it with the frequency. I want [John] to be able to do all the other things (sports for him) 4th graders do and this model lets us do that without feeling over programmed.
From Alecia, mother of 1st grader Paul:
"I just have to share that Paul raided his brother's bookshelf tonight and has been reading a My Weird School book both out loud and to himself, and is laughing so hard he has tears rolling down his face. His reading is phenomenal and brought tears to my eyes. I could never, ever have imagined last November that I would see my sweet boy in March reading a My Weird School book fluently and taking such JOY from the experience.
From Anne, after 2 months of tutoring, about a book her 4th grader Max is reading for school:
"I did ask him to read a shorter chapter while sitting across from me while I worked. I thought he would read aloud, but he said he wanted to read to himself. I kind of assumed he wasn't really reading the chapter when he was doing it in his head.
But when he said he was done, I asked him to tell me what happened, and he was able to pretty clearly articulate what he had read. I was astonished and proud. I wouldn't trust that he could read the whole book without assistance, but the fact that he got through a chapter in a reasonable amount of time and without any complaining is remarkable."
From Catherine, after her daughter Stella's first session with Carly:
From the mother of one of Meg's students, after mom heard from her 2nd grader's IEP team that he was now reading at an early 2nd grade level:
Rachel, mother of a second grader, sent us this after a joint session with Daniela and Fabi:
From Helen, after her 5th grader's first session with Max:
From the mother of one of our students, when Daniela thanked her for posting about us on her local listserv:
From Sara, mother of 6th grader Tina, in response to the weekly summary Sara got from Daniela about Tina's progress:
From the mother of 3rd grader Tommy:
From Susan, the mother of 4th grader Simon:
Samantha, mother of a 6th grader, posted this on her local listserv:
Wondering how quickly you're going to see progress? Here's part of a note from Leo's mom Jessi to Carly, after just 6 weeks of tutoring:
All students love Sasha, the younger ones as well as the older ones! And it comes up in all kinds of ways:
One of our moms posted this to a local listserv:
You can pause tutoring sessions when you go on vacation. Here's part of a note from Jen about her daughter Cynthia's sessions with Kristina.
Emma is heading into 1st grade. Here's part of an email exchange between her mom and Sasha:
When her son Theo "graduated," his mom sent this to Sasha:
"It has been wonderful to work with you, Theo really enjoyed working with you! You have developed a very confident reader, sometimes I feel too confident!
Jenny was a rising 2nd grader when her mom sent this to Kristina after only 3 weeks of tutoring:
From the father of one of Carly's now-third graders, who did tutoring at the end of second grade and over the summer: