I couldn’t read until the 3rd grade. We found out later that I was dyslexic, but it was not diagnosed for quite some time. I got involved with SMART because I wanted to help kids who struggle like I did.
One little girl I read with was very shy in the beginning because she only spoke Spanish. Over the course of the year, I saw her change to a different person as she grew in confidence. Another child I read with said it was “like magic” when he was suddenly able to figure it out.
The most important piece of SMART is the one-on-one attention – this gives children the feeling that “I’m special”. The students at Chenowith Elementary get upset if they aren’t chosen to read for SMART – everyone’s hands are up in the air!
What’s most important to give a child is your time and love.