A grandmother of one of my fifth-grade students stopped me at the store, and she can’t believe her granddaughter can read. Her mother died and her father was raising her and she just lost interest in school. Now she runs around the house finding words to decode. That’s when you know you’ve reached them.
Literacy is crucial. Kids struggle to stay in school if they don’t value it or see that their parents don’t value it. They get caught in a cycle that can go on for generations.
It is a key to success and a great addition to our reading program. A teacher of some of my reading students came up and said that she had noticed a huge improvement in their reading and spelling. Kids love the phonics program and can see their hard work paying off right away. The kids get into decoding new words and can see the purpose in it. They can see how the pieces of reading fit together.
Seeing the a-ha moment in the kid’s eyes is worth the whole thing and to know you made a difference in someone’s life for the better is rewarding. It is a fun job, and I love it!