Problems at School?

Many pre-first graders are referred to me because their children have trouble “sight” reading the words at kindergarten level. And yes, I’ve even seen this trickle down to 4-year-old curriculum!

Reading by “sight” for these very young students is hampered by lack of readiness skills such as visual discriminations, visual tracking and left to right orientation. We effectively build these backgrounds and also add systematic intensive phonics, with the assistance of the parents, and these youngsters are soon on the road to success!

Unfortunately, the current sight word method demanded by Common Core is most like an adult being given 80 Chinese characters and expected to memorize them without any “unlocking” process (systematic phonics). Put yourself in these young student’s shoes and you will understand their frustration.

It is very simple to look for signs of reading failure at such a young age. Temper tantrums, not wanting to go to school as well as refusal to do homework, all indicate that intervention is needed.

Expressive and receptive language skills are the foundation of learning. Problems with late talking, lack of eye contact, ear infections and tubes, are red flags. Getting help at an early age will set the foundation of academic achievement. In addition, intensive language programming by parents and their teachers can result in an avoidance of autism labeling at a later date.

Common Core curriculum in the area of math demand a higher level of comprehension than previous curriculum. Teaching the “language” of this approach and applying it to content is a very involved process, but very effective in helping children.

A student who fails to listen at school is often mislabeled a behavioral problem. This is often not the case but a reflection of language and the poor processing of language.

ACT scores that show low scores in Reading and English subtests can often mean a reading difficulty in structural analysis (reading longer words), reading speed or comprehension. A score of 17 and under in these subtests are cause for concern, even if the student has a GPA of 3.5 and above. This lack of skills can be fixed and along with test preparation can result in a significant increase score.

Summer is around the corner and is a great time to make significant gains. Our “summer intensive” can get a student caught up – no matter how behind they are.

At ERA learning builds confidence and confidence builds a happier student and family.

Educational Resource Associates is an educational diagnostic and remedial center for ages two through adults. Our high level of expertise and experience is reflected in our client’s successes who come locally and from all over the United States. We’ve been doing this for over 35 years!

Reading, math, study skills, written language, spelling and pre-school readiness are just some of our programs. Test prep such as ACT, SAT, GRE and many others are also available on an individual basis.

Pre-testing of all students allows us to individualize all learning. No two students have the same need; therefore, no two students have the same program.

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