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  • Writer's pictureKelly Dharamshi

How Long Does It Take To Become A Great Reader? You Are Going To Be Very Surprised!

We all know that there is no such thing as overnight success. However, when it comes to reading, the opposite is also true. If your child struggles with reading and instead of taking action you take a “wait and see” approach, they will continue to struggle! It’s important to take action and/or get help when your child struggles with reading, and while they may not become a great reader overnight, you will be surprised at how quickly reading skills will improve with a program like The Reader’s Club!

How long does it take to become a great reader?

When I analyzed the results of my reading assessments from my one-to-one tutoring students, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the average amount of time for students to move up one full grade level in reading was only 5 hours of instruction! I have helped students who did not even know how to identify all of the letters in the alphabet get to grade level in a surprisingly short amount of time. Best of all, these accomplishments were made with only one (sometimes two) 30-minute classes per week! I love being able to help students make such huge gains in reading skills without demanding a lot of time each week for instruction. It is so exciting to know that your child can become a great reader in a fairly short amount of time without having to sacrifice other important activities on their schedule!

What’s the secret to success?

Other educators have asked me how I teach kids to read. Do I use Orton Gillingham? Wilson? The science of reading? The answer is yes. I use elements of the Orton Gillingham approach. Although I am not an Orton Gillingham certified instructor, I have had training in the Orton Gillingham approach. I also use elements of the Wilson program. I am not a certified Wilson instructor but I was fortunate to have some training in the program through the Toronto District School Board. Of course, The Reader’ Club program is based on the science of reading! All of the elements of the program and all of the instructional strategies that I use are backed by scientific research as effective instructional strategies for early readers. I have done my own research into best teaching practices and the science of reading. I am a member of Heidi Jane’s Science of Reading 101 and get regular training and courses through this membership. I also read and research every day to make sure that I am using the most effective teaching strategies at The Reader’s Club.

The other secret to Reader’s Club success is the fact that all classes are taught by me, Kelly Michelle Dharamshi and I put all of the experience, information, and passion that I have for teaching in every class. I have 20 years of classroom teaching experience. Most of that was in special education. I have had the very good fortune of working with many different learners in my career. I have taught special education and neurodiverse students for over a decade. Some examples of student exceptionalities I have worked with are Autism, ADHD, learning disabilities, giftedness, and developmental delays. From this experience, I have learned to appreciate all learners' strengths and use those strengths to help learners achieve academically. I have also learned to appreciate the social-emotional aspect of learning and this respect for social-emotional learning is a part of how I teach and interact with students.

The Reader’s Club is a combination of science-backed best practices for instructional strategies, and instruction that is strength-based and incorporates respect for the social-emotional aspect of learning in all student interactions.

The Reader’s Club is a unique program. It is designed for struggling readers who want to learn to read, build confidence as readers, and have fun. It is also designed for busy kids and families who don’t want to sacrifice a lot of time for tutoring. The Reader’s Club has worked for many kids to help them become great readers. If you want to find out if The Reader’s Club is a good fit for your child, contact me. I offer several different programs to suit different needs. There are group classes online and in-person, as well as one-to-one tutoring online and in-person. Let’s chat about which option is best for your child.

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