Articles from "Food for Thought":
Prices Increase but Still Low
The bad news is that we are going to increase our prices on June 1, 2017. The good news is that the increases are relatively small (about 5% on average, the first price hike in 2 years), and, more importantly, the Stevenson Program is still very inexpensive when compared to any of the other methods specifically designed to help struggling readers. For a copy of our order form with the prices that are effective on June 1, 2017, click here. (We will automatically fill any purchase order dated before June 1 with the prices now in effect.)
A New Twist on an Old Favorite
We all know the game Twister. A friend of ours in Dayton, OH recently created a version of the game for her Stevenson students using a couple of cheap shower curtains and a giant drawing of a layer cake. You can see a picture of it on our website under the heading “Teaching Resources” (or click here). You can also see this and other wonderful classroom activities on our Facebook share page (click here).
Starting Stevenson in the Spring
Even now, with testing season underway and the end of the year around the corner, there is still time to start Stevenson in your classrooms. You will be surprised.
At this point in the school year, you are keenly aware of your struggling learners and their issues. If you can find 30 minutes in your day to work with these students, simply open the manual, tell them you are learning something new, and they have been chosen to help you. Follow the manual, read the parts to the students as directed and watch their responses. Don't over-think it or worry about lesson planning, just give it a try! We are here to help answer any questions you might have – 800-343-1211 or email@example.com.
Within a few weeks you will feel a difference in how your students respond. Even if assessments do not show progress in such a short time, that feeling you will notice in your students is the beginning of important growth. For some students, that feeling of really grasping reading material will give them hope that they have lost.
Our website is slowly but steadily being rebuilt so that we will have more capabilities in the future. Although the site may not look very different, in 2017 you will find new materials and new features rolling out one by one. If you are reading this newsletter, but not on our email list, you may wish to give us your email information so we can keep you up to date. (click here)
Spring and hope go well together, as many writers have observed. So it seems appropriate to say a few words that might help lift the spirits of educators out there working with struggling readers: Whatever difficulties you or your students are experiencing, there is hope.