As the snow and freezing rain pummel the East Coast, I am wearing a t-shirt and jeans sitting in a conference room at a Hilton in Hartford, CT ‘talking shop’ with other educators. Some of us (like myself) were drawn to the Lindamood-Bell Reading Program for one particular child, while others of us came here for whole classes full of kids who need to strengthen their sensory-cognitive processing for language and literacy skills (strengthening reading, spelling and comprehension skills).
Charles has had difficulty being able to read independently. His phonemic awareness and word attack is weak. It became clear that he needed additional help outside of the classroom. A couple of weeks ago, we found a Reading and Literacy Specialist in the city trained in Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes who is now working with Charles 3 days a week. Happily, Charles likes the program and we are already seeing improvements in his decoding. I thought…I want to learn to do what she does!
Flash forward to now–Mirroring the falling frozen flakes outside the window, my brain is swirling with new procedures and reading techniques that I want to use with Charles. Every night I return to my room on the 21st floor to read and review the manual and my notes. To be honest, I’m amped. I can see how this program can work and I’m excited to integrate the process into my lesson plans and other ‘teachable moments’ on our travels.
I was impressed that the workshops are available for PARENTS as well. How wonderful! If your child is having difficulty reading, check out the Lindamood-Bell website and see if any of the workshops are in your area. Highly recommended!
Before I can even try to implement these new reading procedures–I must make it back to NYC. My focus now is to escape the clutches of this icy storm and make it back to Charles unscathed.