Here are some awesome must read stories about Scholars at our Early Childhood Center and the On My Way Pre-K program.
Brandon R. is a three year old, ELL scholar in my preschool classroom. He also has an identical twin brother enrolled at our facility. The twins had not been in a child care or school setting before the WECC. In the beginning of the year, Brandon’s English (speaking and understanding) was very limited. Assessment questions were partially answered and not clear, even when translated and asked in Spanish. Brandon can now speak and understand many words, phrases, and stories in English, expressing himself quiet regularly. He can identify and match his shapes, match more than six uppercase letters, and loves to count! During the recent Parent Teacher Conferences, Brandon’s mother expressed her excitement in all the new words, positive behaviors, and skills that she finds evident in her boys, thanks to the On My Way Pre-K program.
Cedrea D. is a three year old scholar in my preschool class. In the beginning of the year, Cedrea was having difficulty recognizing and matching shapes, could not sustain her focus in whole or small group, and exhibited separation anxiety during arrival. By the end of this first nine weeks, Cedrea’s stamina in whole and small group has allowed her to match and recognize more of her uppercase letters, breeze through math activities requiring her to demonstrate one-to-one correspondence, and has helped her to adapt to the daily routine, relieving herself of the anxieties she was having during the arrival process. According to Cedrea’s mother during our recent Parent/Teacher Conference, having access to the On My Way Pre-K grant, opened an otherwise closed door of opportunity for her daughter to attend a quality preschool program, in which she sees evident academic and social growth.
Fernando Cisneros-Maqueda is a four year old boy in my preschool class. He comes from a Spanish speaking family and started with very limited English. In the nine weeks that we have been in school, Fernando has made huge progress! He is speaking in English to his friends and teachers. His academic progress has been phenomenal. When I tested Fernando on shapes in August, he knew 3. By mid-September he was up to 6. In August, he knew 3 colors. In September, he was up to 7. His alphabet and numbers have progressed, as well. He started out with 4 capital letters and is now up to 11. Fernando is able to count to 11; whereas, in August, he said, “1, 3”. He also identifies numbers 0-5 after only knowing the number 1 in August. With the On My Way program, Fernando will now have a huge jumpstart into kindergarten. I am so excited to watch him continue to make progress the rest of the year.
MacKenzie Ford is a four year old girl in my class. MacKenzie’s progress has not been quite the same as Fernando’s, but is just as important and transforming. She started out a very quiet, sweet little girl who had no experience with school. Her progress socially has been fantastic. Her grandmother picks her up on most days and just gushes about how happy she is that MacKenzie was given the opportunity to come to our school. She tells about trying to work with her and making no progress. Her mother reiterated the same thing during our parent/teacher conference. They are so excited to see MacKenzie excited about learning and making new friends. She is now participating in discussions at circle time and is such a compassionate and empathic girl to her classmates. She has made academic gains as well, but MacKenzie’s big successes so far have been social. Getting MacKenzie excited about learning is just a first step in the big gains that I know we will see this year.