Quick update – it has only been 4 days of Nathan taking the L-orotate. I am completely amazed. His verbal skills, syntax, length of sentences, even the everyday slang that kids use (I am now correcting him on what is proper to say!!) has improved greatly. – Nancy
I remember sitting in the bathroom, fighting back tears. Why couldn’t I teach this obviously bright child how to read? Why couldn’t he write? Was it me? Was it our curriculum? I think we were on our third or fourth phonics curriculum and nothing seemed to work. I didn’t know if he’d ever learn.
Some people thought he’d do better if I gave up and put him in school, but my brother had been so hurt by ignorant teachers I just couldn’t do that. They didn’t understand that some children are twice exceptional – gifted AND struggling learners. They thought he was just goofing off.
I knew our boy would have the same problem.
At the same time, everyone was saying, “Don’t let them label him!” I didn’t realize that no one had to see his test results but us – unless we needed them to! I didn’t realize that a diagnosis might give us a direction to find help, either.
When he was ten or so, we heard Dianne Craft speak at a conference. I was amazed. Finally, someone who understood about kids who “were working too hard to learn!” We ordered the materials she recommended and got to work.
It was pretty awful at first. He hated doing the exercises. He thought it was “baby stuff,” and threw a fit every day for a while. Now he stands at our booth (when he’s with us) and tells parents, “Don’t listen to their complaining. This stuff changed my life.”It really did. That was the year he learned to read fluently. Later those materials helped him learn to write. Now away at school, he’s a senior whose college just endorsed him for the Rhodes Scholarship for graduate school. What? Yeah, God is good!
Anyway, I thought I ought to tell you our story as the school year is getting started and you might be thinking just what I did back then, “I don’t know if I can do this.”
Having a struggling learner is one of the hardest things I faced in homeschooling. Dianne Craft’s materials helped us get through it.
Your friend,Melanie Young
I attended a Struggling Learner Seminar by Dianne Craft for some insight on how to help my sweet SL. She didn’t just open a door to the road to improvement, she knocked down a wall in my thinking. I can’t wait to try the stuff I learned. Thank you Dianne!
Even though Dianne’s program takes time lots and lots of time, IT WORKS!!! The improvements I have seen in my daughter make me cry happy tears, It takes a lot of diligence but it is well worth it, believe me. To a point I think Brain Integration Therapy needs to become part of her life. Just like she brushes teeth she does the “dailies” in the morning. So all I have to say for those already doing this program keep on keeping on and the newcomers progress might be minuscule at first but do not give up it will come I promise. When I found Dianne we were almost at the end of the rope!
So today is Monday… They are always hard for us…. The school day started out rough but ended sooo Great!!!! As many of you know S has a lot of dyslexic issues…. We have finished all the brain training, still working on Right Brain Phonics. October 2015 we started the program and she struggled to read Preprimer words….. Today she took the reading placement test and she read on 2nd grade level!! She has went up 4 levels in 15 months!!! PRAISE JESUS!!! As I am typing this she is writing her pin pal with very little help!!! Folks this is God at work!!
I really appreciate all that Dianne Craft has done for our family! Quick response to my emails and phone calls when it looked hopeless her and her staff gave me so much support. Thank you!! PRAISE JESUS for getting us over the hump! We still have a hill to climb but it doesn’t feel as steep
My daughter wrote mirror image backwards and now writes all words correctly. She also had dyslexia and was more than two years behind in her reading level. She just completed the placement test yesterday and is now reading at grade level!!!! My son wrote 99% of his letters from the bottom up and now writes 99% of them from the top down. We love Dianne’s whole program!
My son (8) had some dyslexia issues. He started out the school year at a pre-primer level. He just finished the Phonics book today and tested at a 4th grade level!!! He’s so excited!! He can read almost all his school instructions now! -Ann
Thank you very much for your materials. I own most of them. It has made a huge difference in my daughter’s life. Her teacher just told me that she has made tremendous growth since last year.
Sarah just finished reading to me…. Usually I hold the book and sometimes point to the words….. Well tonight she grabs the book and just reads the chapter in no time!! She had to sound out maybe 2 words!!!! Folks this is a answered prayer!!!! Praise Jesus!!! 🙌🙌🙌 It’s been a long 4 years to get her to this point… I can see the light at the end of the tunnel!!! Thank you Dianne Craft for all your help!!!
I met you at the HEAV convention last year. Thank you for making sense of my struggle in teaching my daughter! She is presently in fourth grade, but I realized from you that she was stuck at about a 1.5 grade level. She is now (after 7 months with the “Right Brain Phonics”)reading at about a third grade level. We still have a ways to go, but I was thrilled at how quickly she has been moving up. In her “free time” I have spied her picking up Dr. Seuss books and reading them to the cat…reading with confidence! – Beth