I was introduced to Reading Horizons my fifth year of teaching as a second grade teacher. The program is wonderful in building a strong foundation for the success of children in reading. When I started teaching first grade I found an even greater importance for this program.
My eleventh year of teaching I moved to a new school district. I taught for the first time kindergarten and used the materials from my previous school to start a strong reading/spelling foundation. In small group settings I went through the entire program with my higher students, my lower students were taught about three quarters of the program. I could see a tremendous difference toward the middle/end of the year in their ability to decode words and in their spelling, as a whole class.
My fourteenth year I went back into the first grade classroom with my kindergarteners and continued teaching the program. The other first grade teacher wanted to implement the program after working with my kindergarteners the previous two years. She felt the children were stronger readers coming into the first grade and wanted to be a part of the program. The new kindergarten teachers also wanted to implement the program in their classroom.
My new school district adopted the program after seeing the success of my children. We have since implemented the program in the kindergarten, first grade and as a reading intervention. It is a wonderful feeling knowing I have helped other teachers see the importance of the program and then their willingness to want to use it to build a strong foundation for children in the early grades.