It was such a treat to train preschools in Longview, Texas, today. The bright-minded teachers and the eager children made the experience exceptional. We trained teachers for 12 classrooms and enjoyed the assistance of a few little ones to demonstrate the fun one can have learning letter-sounds.
Large smiles from those teachers and giggles from their little people painted a promising picture for early literacy in this community. Four children of different preschool ages and abilities played with Souns as teachers were trained to implement the program. Amazingly, play is the teacher. When learning is fun, the timing is right, and the hands are involved, school looks very different to a child.
And it works! One public preshcool in Longview began implementing Souns in eleven preschool classrooms this year in September. Today they ordered materials for three more classrooms. Results are clear – Souns is making a difference. Consider this letter that greeted me in an email today from a preschool using Souns in Colorado. It is from parents celebrating the reading ability of their Souns child who graduated from the preschool and is currently in kindergarten. We are grateful for such sharing.
I was told that you called the other day to follow up on the [Souns] reading program you did this past year. I wanted to send you the picture of [my daughter] as September’s super reader for her Kindergarten class. I gave her teacher the letter you had given in regards to the Souns program. She is reading now and just the other day read 5 books in a 15 minute period. When we do spelling words with our older son, our daughter is able to spell many of them just because she knows what sound the letter makes! Thank you so much!! The only downside is that she said she hasn’t learned anything new in Kindergarten yet!! I suppose that is a problem that can easily be fixed!!
Build her library and stand back. A reader will always be learning. Once a child can read, you can’t take that away!