My husband and I want to thank-you for an amazing summer for our son, Spencer. When we first started MindSpark in May we were very concerned about Spencer’s ability to stay focused and his confidence. After completing the Fast ForWard program we are excited to see what this school year brings. You have a wonderful gift teaching children and have made this summer a happy and successful one for our son and our family.
We are so thankful to you and your staff!
I would like to thank Mindspark Learning and the Fast ForWord program for allowing my daughter to drastically improve her reading skills in such a short period of time. Her new found love of reading has increased her confidence and she is now able to read in front of a small audience without hesitation. As a mother, there is no better feeling than watching your children excel at something that is an essential part of life. With programs like this to improve the life skills of our children, it makes us as parents very proud to have a program like this in our community.
About 10 months ago I was at my wits end helping my boys overcome some of their difficulties with reading. Before MindSpark we had tried many different things to Help our son Austin, but with little success. When we first came to you, he was approaching his ninth month in fourth grade and reading at a second grade level. We were always playing catch up, just trying to get by each and every day. Today my son reads at grade level and has made remarkable, actually, unbelievable gains. With your help and the MindSpark programs, Austin would not be where he is today. He is so much more excited about school, has much more confidence, and for the first time, he made straight A’s on his report card.
My first grader, Dallas, has also made great gains. He was having some of the same difficulty in reading, and was struggling with retaining the sounds of his letters, making reading very frustrating. He has mastered how to sound out his letters, is making 100% on his spelling tests, and 100% on his sight words. With your help, Dallas is building a strong foundation for reading. In fact, I love it when I walk up to his room where he has books of all levels stacked beside his bed, and is ready to tackle all of them. Dallas is now reading at grade level because of your dedication.
Let’s not forget Savannah, my seventh grade honors student who wanted to come to MindSpark to enrich her education. Savannah is a very dedicated student and always wanting to do her best. She wanted MindSpark to help her with speed, accuracy, endurance, and the ability to listen more effectively. Savannah has also shown improvement from your programs.
In my opinion, MindSpark can be beneficial for anyone. It’s an amazing program.
When my son first started the Mindspark Summer program, his attitude toward reading was very negative. He was 6 years old and had just finished Kindergarten. His resistance to reading was all about his confidence level. He struggled daily when it came to him believing that he could do it. He was also a late bloomer when it came to learning his sounds.
The transformation in his self-esteem over the summer was amazing. Little by little, he started to believe in himself.
Once he started to complete programs and reach his daily goals, you could see that he was starting to take pride in his accomplishment. He began to really enjoy going to the center. He would tell me about the stories he had read and how many points he earned. He was building his foundation for being a lifelong reader.
By the end of the program, his entire attitude had changed. He now believes he CAN read almost anything! He was transformed into a master decoder of words. He loves to read graphic novels and non-fiction texts. Mindspark gave my son the tools he needed to help his brain slow down long enough to be able to sit and really comprehend what he was reading.
Christian went up another grade level on his reading evaluation. He is now at 4.7. He was at 2.7 at the beginning of the year. Thank you MindSpark Learning.
I wanted to express the gratitude I feel towards the Fast ForWord program. This program has made a tremendous difference in the way my son approaches reading and reading comprehension. When he started Fast ForWord, his self esteem was at an all time low and he felt like giving up on reading. Through the Fast ForWord program, he has gained confidence in himself and his reading abilities. His reading scores have soared and his FCAT scores continue to improve. He is now an honor roll student and continues to make progress. Thanks to Fast ForWord, I feel he now has the reading tools to prepare him for a bright future.
Samantha Platts – Parent
It was cellist Pablo Casal who said, ‘Do you know what you are? You are a marvel. In all the world there is no other child exactly like you. You have the capacity for anything!’
This feeling is exactly what I have seen instilled in children time and time again as they have experienced success in the Fast ForWord lab. As a long time media specialist, I have seen many children struggle with the mechanics of reading. The Fast ForWord program has helped these children master the mechanics so they can fall in love with reading … for the first time.
Bette Mattox – Media Specialist – San Jose Elem.