Arleth Castillo was a kindergarten student in the Essential Learning Systems (ELS) lab at Era (Texas) Elementary during the 2015-2016 school year. She began the year working in Letter Recognition, and she quickly advanced Level I, in which she began working with words.
“Arleth enjoys learning new words, and she works very hard to advance to the next lesson,” says facilitator Debbie Sutton. “She also has beautiful handwriting skills. I am very proud of her accomplishments this year.”
Era Title 1/ESL teacher Cheryl Clarke is proud of Arleth’s accomplishments, too.
“At the beginning of the year, Arleth was able to identify the names of only two letters of the alphabet, and she was not able to tell the sounds those letters make,” Cheryl shared. “She was not able to rhyme words or blend word parts to create a word. She lacked the ability to answer questions from simple stories.
“At the end of the year, Arleth was blending word parts easily and rhyming and manipulating words to create new words. She could read three- and four-letter words in isolation, and she could read simple short sentences. She as able to comprehend short stories and answer questions.
“I am very pleased with the progress Arleth has made this year,” Cheryl continued. “With continued work in the classroom and ELS, I feel Arleth will make even more progress in the first grade.”
We’re pleased, too! Congratulations, Arleth!