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Reading Pilots: Six Years of Success for Struggling Readers

Reading Pilots are students who have trouble reading at their grade level. Their parents are worried and frustrated because they see their children struggling, and they can’t figure out why they’re not learning. Parents understand how crucial reading and early literacy skills are for their children’s future success and are concerned they might fall behind in school. 

Children who struggle with reading often experience low self-esteem, negative self-talk, dislike going to school, and even have physical symptoms like tummy aches or headaches. Many of them resist getting help with reading from their parents.

Why Do Some Kids Struggle with Reading?

There can be several reasons why children might have a hard time with reading. It could be because of specific reading disabilities like dyslexia, not being taught well, lack of practice, or even disruptions caused by the pandemic.

Unfortunately, the pandemic has made these problems even worse. Studies show that children in the early grades are falling behind in reading because of this disruption. This is alarming because children who can’t read at grade level by third grade are more likely to drop out of high school.

How Can Reading Pilots Help?

The main aim of Reading Pilots is to boost their confidence in reading and make learning enjoyable. We do this by identifying their strengths and working on them while addressing their weaknesses. We want children to find joy in reading because we know that’s what helps them become better readers.

Reading Pilots teaches the different parts of reading, like decoding words, reading fluently, understanding what they read, and building vocabulary. When children understand these aspects of reading, they become more interested and engaged in their learning.

We also teach them specific strategies they can use now and in the future. We want them to keep improving even after they’ve finished our program. Parents play a crucial role, too. We coach them on making reading fun at home and provide them with books and games to support their child’s learning.

Is Reading Pilots Magic?

While it might seem like magic, it’s not! This program is a reading intervention based on the latest research and best practices in reading instruction and the Science of Reading. We’re inspired by experts like Louisa Moats, David Kilpatrick, and Mark Seidenberg, who have years of experience and research in this field. So, while it’s not magic, it’s something even better—it’s real!

What Do Parents Say?

Feedback from one dad was, “Those reading strategies really work. They are amazing!” Just a week after starting Reading Pilots, another parent shared, “Our daughter is already much more confident, fluent, and so happy to do the reading together! I’m really enjoying the strategies too! She’s even more willing to read her school reading books now. Thank you!”

Ready To Take the Leap?

You can find out more about Reading Pilots on our website. You can also call our office at 403-686-9300 Ext. 102 to find out more.