LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Teaching a child a how to read is not an easy task.
"It's tough, said Hudson ISD 2nd grade teacher Dori Lair. "I think it's the hardest thing to teach students. There's so much to teaching reading, it can be so overwhelming."
The Neuhaus Education Center understands that every child is different when it comes to learning how to read.
"Some kids will just put a book under their pillow, and they'll wake up reading, but it's the struggling ones that really need those pieces tied together," explained Linda Corbett of the Neuhaus Education Center.
That's why they've created a program that helps teachers really break down the language to help students understand what they are learning.
"The ultimate goal for a teacher is to have our students reading fluently, so they can comprehend what they're learning," Lair explained. "In order to get to that point, we have to help them be able to decode those words and break down those words, so they're not just focusing on those sounds."
Although the program is meant for all children, it really helps those with learning disabilities and can even be a preventative step in detecting and assisting students overcoming dyslexia.
"The instruction we're providing the teachers gives them deeper pockets of knowledge, so when they come up with a situation in the classroom, they have the knowledge to address any concerns," Corbett said.
East Texas teachers are thrilled to have the training and feel that it will benefit not only them, but their students as well.
"I definitely feel that my confidence this year will be better as a reading teacher," Lair said. "Hopefully, that will transition towards my students as well, and they'll be able to have more confidence in reading."
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