April 27, 2010
My son went to a school in our school district for 3 yrs (1 1/2 yrs in their preschool program, Kindergarten, and 1/2 year of 1st grade). Even with their expertise, guidance, and assurance that he was ready to advance, he lacked the fundamental basics in reading, writing, and math. My husband and I worked with our son while at home, but unfortunately we did not possess the right keys that he needed. The only 'help' that the local school offered was suggesting that he be put into Special Education. Although we would have to provide transportation, we made the decision to transfer him to Taft Elementary School, and Wow, what a difference! First of all, the teachers and front office staff truly care about all of their students. They are dedicated tot heir students and willing to give each child the tools needed to succeed. My son started Taft in Nov (2009) and by the time winter break came, he had advanced to Level K in math (he was placed into a remedial class at the other school and was still failing). As of 2 weeks ago, he was in Level Q. At the beginning of 1st grade, the only thing that he could write was his name, and simple words, but could not string a sentence together without help . Through Taft, he is able to write complete, fairly detailed paragraphs now. And reading...oh how he LOVES it! He reads after breakfast, in the car, and even before bedtime. He especially loves to read out loud to his 5 year old sister, and to me while I'm cooking dinner. My son is a different child now - he shares his day with us ( the most we got before was talk about lunch and recess), and is a happier boy with much more self-confidence and self-worth now.
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