Filling in the Gaps

In 2017, 45% of Coyote Hill’s school age children were reading below grade level upon arrival. Many foster children have gaps in their education from moving around frequently or coming from families who don’t prioritize school. Those gaps equal a lack of valuable instruction time developing literacy, math and social skills, as well as core values. When they come to us at Coyote Hill, we work with them in our Education Center, providing individualized instruction and extra activities to assist them in developing fundamental skills (sight words, basic math facts, reading comprehension). Additionally, we cooperate with their teachers at school to make sure we are providing the best possible opportunities for them.reading in the Education Center | coyotehill.org

Take Adam*, for example. He came to us as a second grader, barely reading at the level of a child beginning first grade. He participated in our Education Center daily, and his Home Parents required daily reading. Over the course of a year, he was back on track with his expected reading level. Today, Adam loves to read and often asks for more books! 

Sisters Danielle and Candace* came to us as a result of educational neglect. One was in 7th grade, reading at a 4th grade level. One was in 4th grade, reading at a 1st grade level. This made comprehending their science, history, and even math books nearly impossible. Their assessments showed that there was no deficiency cognitively, they were simply behind.  With help and encouragement, they both worked hard to succeed in school. It wasn’t easy, but they did it and were proud of their successes. Their Home Parents played a large role in encouraging them to stay diligent. They both participated in the Education Center and were given consistent, individualized attention as well as accountability to meet academic expectations. Candace’s comments from her teacher each quarter gave a glimpse of her progress: “She has really shown progress on work at her level…she has put forth a lot of effort this quarter to improve her grades…she has made great strides – which has improved her confidence as well…I am very proud of {Candace’s} growth and success this year. She has grown tremendously in her social and academic environments.”child outside reading | coyotehill.org

Improving reading skills requires practice, practice, practice. Having someone to read to them, as well as with them, is valuable for our children. It allows them to hear the natural flow of words and it gives them accountability and encouragement as they learn to de-code words, become more fluent readers, and comprehend what they read. 

We are so thankful to have caring volunteers and Parent Aides who are willing and able to read with and assist our kids regularly. Your support is setting our children up for success, today and in the future!

reading with volunteer | coyotehill.org

*names changed for sake of confidentiality

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