What a difference a year makes
August 30, 2007
Pearlie and I have been working together for a year now, and I’d like to take a moment to acknowledge her hard work and accomplishments. When we first met she recognized just a handful of sounds and was eager to learn more and start reading. We soon discovered that our first step would be simply blending two sounds together–and later blending three sounds to form a word. Another challenge for Pearlie was “hearing” the individual sounds in a word so that she could spell the full word.
Once she grasped those concepts she was off and running. She now recognizes nearly the entire alphabet and is reading and writing complete sentences–and even some paragraphs! She’s also gained confidence in her daily life, including getting a new job and becoming more comfortable using computers.
Pearlie is both a fantastic student and a wonderful friend. Her great attitude, dedication, and patience will help her continue to learn and set a great example for her grandchildren. Working with the adult literacy program has been a learning opportunity for me, too. And, I might add that this is officially my first blog entry…ever!