ANDERSON, Ind. —
“We’re here trying to get him kind of a jump-start,” Pickering said. “Being around the other kids has done wonders for him. He’s imitating and caught up in ways he was behind.”
He said he’s seen a big difference in his son who didn’t really start walking around until 2 years old, adding he’s caught up a year since he started school.
Speech is the next obstacle to tackle, but Caleb’s not on a path of needing special needs classes, Pickering added.
“He’s learning words,” he said. “They’re working with him one thing at a time.”
“Like ACS is doing with eight-step, we’re taking baby steps, trying to use our time for success, as well,” Wagner said, adding they take time for guided reading and writing each day.
Associating words with pictures, learning what they look like as they’re being said and copying them from a book are all methods of learning, she noted. Even scribbles and spaces show a recognition for how sentences are supposed to look.
“We’re thinking with the end in mind,” Wagner said. “We know where we want to be at the end of the year so we’re looking at how to get from point A to point B.”
She said they want the kids ready to be readers by the time the school year closes.
And parents can help by spending time reading with their kids at home.