November 16, 2012
I have always had an interest in reading difficulties for students that I taught. There are many different programs that try to address this issue and during my career it seems I may have tried them all. However, it was not until I went to teach overseas that I could see teaching English reading and writing to Arabic students demanded a thorough knowledge of phonics. When I returned for a summer vacation I took a course in Alphabetic Phonics with what is now the Fundamental Learning Center. Oh, wow, I was totally lost when I first used this method of teaching students. I cannot tell you how helpful and patient the staff at FLC were with me! Since working there as one of their first therapists, I have taken a job working with students who have behavior and emotional issues in a special education setting. I have also done tutoring with other students not in my classroom. I cannot tell you how rewarding it is to see students make huge strides in reading and I always feel like I have performed this little "miracle". I have such faith in this program and regret that more students in regular education settings are not receiving this method of instruction. I am retiring from teaching this year and feel badly as I have a treasure trove of knowledge now that I wish I had had earlier in my career. It has been such a pleasure to use Alphabetic Phonics and see the growth of students. Donate and help others achieve that "miracle" work.
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