Thomas (4th grade) is all caught up and graduating after only three months! I was impressed, over and over again, at how focused and engaged Thomas was in our work together. He especially loved the word games - can you say "candy" backwards? Thomas can! All of that hard work really paid off, Thomas - Congratulations!!!

When Clara started first grade, reading was hard and not a lot of fun. Just a few months later, she was so confident that she volunteered to read a long word math problem to her whole class, and didn't miss or stumble over a word! Clara is now all caught up, she loves to read Dr. Seuss books, and she's almost finished her first Magic Tree House book (with just a little help from Daniela). Congratulations, Clara! We are all so proud of you!!!

In April, towards the end of 2nd grade, Abbi was reading at a kindergarten level and started working 1-on-1 with Daniela. She worked hard, 5 days a week all summer long, and then switched to twice a week sessions with Kerry during the school year. Abbi is now in third grade and loves writing short stories about her family pets and reading Magic Tree House books. Go Abbi!!! We're so proud of you!

Sylvana got an IEP in 3rd grade and had just started getting extra help with reading in school when the pandemic hit. Schools closed down, but Sylvana worked with Daniela online the rest of the school year and over the summer. Then, in the fall, Sylvana started working with Kerry three times a week. Sylvana's made TREMENDOUS progress! She now loves to read in her free time, especially the Phoebe and Her Unicorn books. Way to go, Sylvana!

Isabel is in 5th grade. She has an IEP and was receiving speech and reading/writing help at school when schools shut down in the spring. Isabel worked hard with Daniela all summer long, and then continued with Kerry in the fall. Isabel's reading, spelling, and confidence have improved SO much!! She's now learned all of the major phonics patterns and loves reading the Narwhal and Jelly series. Great work, Issy!

Shreya is in second grade. When she started working with Daniela at the end of October, she wasn't sure about a few of the short vowel sounds, and a lot of the long vowel sounds were confusing too. Shreya made great progress in just a few months, and now (at the end of January) she's reading Dory Fantasmagory! Congratulations, Shreya!!!

Vivian worked with Daniela and later Amber in kindergarten, just 30 minutes twice a week. Not because she was behind in reading, but because her mother wanted to make sure she got good reading instruction. Vivi soaked it up like a sponge throughout the fall and winter and she's now reading at a mid-to-late first grade level! With spring and outdoor playtime approaching, it's time to stop the lessons and spend more time outdoors! Have fun, Vivian - Amber and Daniela will miss you!!!

Gabe started tutoring with us when he was in 3rd grade. He had a voracious appetite for hearing stories, but was frustrated he wasn't able to read them himself. Gabe worked hard with Amber for almost a full year to learn all those tricky phonics patterns. Now he's able to read those chapter books he was so excited about, including some Magic Tree House books! He is excitedly reading anything he can get his hands on. Congratulations, Gabe!!