I am sitting here staring at a completion certificate for a Verticy Phonics and Spelling program for one of my children. I cannot believe how far a year has taken us. I am celebrating that my child no longer says “I CAN’T SPELL THAT.” (There is no font for moaning.)
We are a long-time Calvert family. My kids learned to read using Calvert’s phonics-based approach, but one of them struggled to spell. He could read on grade level, but could not spell his way out of a paper bag. There are not enough encouraging words in the lexicon of motherhood when your child perceives he is different from his siblings, and he thinks it is his fault. We watched him progress academically, and yet, his spelling was far behind.
Enter the Verticy team, who evaluated him and said, “Yes We Can!” (I’ve been spending an inordinate amount of time with a certain grandson and Thomas the Tank Engine of late…) The evaluation was easy. The implementation was only complicated by the fact that I had to be WITH him to accomplish the work.
But the exciting part was that he learned. And, he could take what he learned in his Verticy lessons and adapt it to his learning in other areas. His reading improved. His confidence grew. His task completion became less argumentative – why start if you are going to struggle, right? (At least, that was HIS thinking.)
And here we are, a year of Verticy later, and he is doing SO MUCH BETTER! His confidence has soared as his reading has improved. His willingness to take risks and read aloud in public settings is a marked change. I have watched him, and you can SEE it in his face.
He knows he can do it. And that is worth it all.
Gretchen Roe is the Calvert Community Liaison and has been homeschooling for 20 years. She has used and continues to use the Calvert curriculum to educate her 6 children.
Gretchen hosts a variety of free webinars. She offers Calvert and Verticy Online Information Sessions once a week as well as family seminars on topics ranging from dealing with digital addiction to kick-starting a new school year.