I Love Reading Horizons! I have a struggling class of 22 second graders, no students were on second grade level. This entire year these students have had twenty minute small group instruction time. Then as a whole group we would practice an additional twenty minutes. My class has grown an entire grade level this year because of Reading Horizons! I have had several students that were on kindergarten pre primer probes that are now on second grade reads. As the students continue to learn how to decode these words and learn the rules they are applying it into reading. One student in particular was really struggling. When she was in first grade her teacher did not sign her off to continue to second grade. She came into my class reading seven words a minute on a second grade probe. I immediately dropped her to first grade probe but she was still struggling. Several weeks later she was placed on a pre primer. Through out the year she was moving but not at a rate I wished she would. After meeting with the parents in January we decided to meet with Special Ed and see if placing her on an IEP would give her some additional support. In March we met with the parents and the Sped team and we decided to not place her on an IEP. This little struggling girl was now reading on a second grade level at 22 wpm. She is still below second grade standards but her growth is amazing. She is on constant watch but she is learning and putting to use the rules and decoding skills she has learned from Reading Horizons. I have never been to a Sped meeting without placing a child on an IEP. She needs time to catch up but all the right helps are in place and she is growing! It is so rewarding to know that this explicit instruction over time sets a ground level base for students to grow upon.