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Have a different school experience next year

by Markham Hislop of The Calgary Beacon

As the school year enters its final stretch, most people start thinking about summer vacation.  For a struggling student, the summer will carry with it the fear of September.  Beacon Literacy offers a proven program that can help any student be ready to face September with confidence.

Beacon’s program is typically twenty weeks, but this can be condensed into as few as ten weeks.  The summer offers an ideal time for condensing as students do not have to focus on school as well as the program.  According to Lani Donaldson, President and CEO of Beacon Literacy, by starting now, and continuing through the vacation, students “have so much more confidence when they enter in September … because they’ll have those really foundational skills that they really really need to be there because it’s crucial for success.” 

 

What makes the Beacon Literacy program unique?  First, the program is one-on-one.  The students get to know their teacher and quickly come to see that this is not a threatening place.  For struggling students, especially older children and teens, reading has become threatening, it is difficult and every attempt hold the possibility of embarrassment.  With Beacon’s proven system, the students will experience success from the first lesson.  Ms. Donaldson explains that because of the design of the program, “students’ self-esteem goes through the roof here!”  Each activity is set so that they do it perfectly every time. 

People who notice they cannot do something others can, automatically assume they are in some way defective.  Ms. Donaldson emphasizes that it is important for the struggling student to understand that there’s nothing wrong with them.  There is “no correlation between intelligence and your ability to read or your intelligence and your ability to study properly”.   Also, a reading problem does not automatically mean that the child has a learning disability.  Forty percent of students struggle with learning to read simply because the strategies being taught in schools don’t work for them.  A different approach is needed. 

As children progress through school, students stop learning to read and need to read to learn.  The older the student, the more reading will be impacting subjects beyond Language Arts.  Even Math is affected as students are introduced to word problems and problem solving.  While decoding skills stay the same, comprehension skills are different for different subjects.  Reading in Science is different than reading in Social Studies.  Just as different skills are used for reading novels, scripts and poetry, textbooks require a different approach.  This is “why a lot of adults go through High School, go into University and suddenly have a huge problem with accessing information from their textbooks, because they don’t know how to do it,” explains Ms. Donaldson. 

Depending on the grade of the child, exams and Provincial Achievement tests are coming quickly.  Start now and see results in time for the tests.  Students will continue through the summer and be ready for a whole new type of school year in September.  Contact Beacon Literacy to book your child’s free assessment today.