Ziya came to me reading two years below grade level. She was extremely gifted at manipulating other people to read to her. Finally, she got a tutor that just asked her to read two pages of Rocket Phonics a day and then we would play. It took Ziya about three months to get to grade level and another two months to get to fourth grade level instructional reading.
Her growth in all her classes was so phenomenal that Florida’s Step Up For Students said she was in the top 1% most improved in the state! Here she is with her award.
But Ziya’s greatest joy came when someone donated 6 Junie B Jones books! Once she discovered she could read them herself she was overjoyed. Just look.
Besides feeding the heart of this little girl her vocabulary is growing. This is academically an important step and something she must do to get to the next grade level.