I was teaching a little girl how to read. She’d never read a book in her life. She was 2 years below grade level. She knew that everybody in her class could read and she couldn’t, and you could see it in her posture, she didn’t feel as good as the other kids. As she was learning how to read, she bloomed like a flower.
It dawned on me that she was able to read after 10 classes. and I thought wow that’s fast!
It used to take me longer to teach kids to read, I used to teach it at school. Students would come in who couldn’t read. I’d write down what they needed to know and throw it out, next kid comes in, do the same thing, next the same thing.
Then it dawned on me that they were all struggling with the same thing. So I started to create specific material to solve their problems. 18 years later, I now have a whole kit. I showed it to a principal once and she said that every teacher should have one.
But I never ended up by doing with it, it was just this thing I knew had to do, was constantly updating and over time the my results had improved drastically.
Then a very good friend of mine told me that he didn’t know how to read until he went to university. What! Impossible! Clearly he knew how to read, his self esteem must have just so been so destroyed that he didn’t believe he could read, he must have been able to read otherwise how would he have made it to university.
Then a relative told me that they couldn’t read until they were an adult, then my coach told me that he couldn’t read until he was 36. All of this happened within a short period of time.
I was asked to volunteer to teach a 59 year old illiterate man. When he told me what he’d been through, I cried. Every single day he struggled because he couldn’t read. He couldn’t use the bank machine, couldn’t text on his phone, couldn’t use the internet. The day he learned how to read a stop on the metro, I was on top of the moon! I could see how learning how to read was opening up the world for him.
After that I knew that I had to do help. I could have saved them all a lifetime of struggle. What they have in common is that are all tactile learners. They learn with their hands and by doing. Think mechanics, dancers and athletes. Teaching reading is not done through touch or movement in school. So these people fall through the cracks. The method that I developed reaches everyone because it uses movement.
So right now, we’re stuck in our homes. If you’ve got kids you must be struggling to keep them busy. Now is the time to catch them up. They don’t need to struggle. We all learn differently.
When not teaching, I am creating learning material which I sell through my online TPT store at https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Susana-Prevost.