So thankful for the progress our daughter is making thanks to The Beaches Reading Clinic. Monica is a wonderful tutor and highly recommend her.
Monica, thank you very much for tutoring Kynan as he passes Level 3. We are very proud and recognize it is largely your persistence and coaching him that has helped him achieve this. We look forward to more time with this program. Thanks again.
-Hayden & Jackie
I want you to know that I am *very* sad to write this email! Xavi loves coming to see you, which I never, ever thought I would say with regards to reading practice for him. You clearly have a very special ability to foster meaningful and important relationships with children, and also to encourage them to *want* to learn – Xavi’s always so happy when he comes out of sessions with you. (And I don’t think it’s just because of the dogs). You have made a *world* of difference to our family for these short months; it has been a challenging year, to say the least, and you have been one of the only bright spots in Xavi’s learning. (When he visited his new school yesterday, the principal asked him if he liked learning; he said he didn’t like it at school and that he only liked it with his “English teacher” – that’s you).
Henry was talking to my mom on the phone and he asked her if he could read some of his story to her! this is HUGE. His sister was even there. He has been soooooo shy for anyone but my husband and I to hear him work on reading. His confidence is growing so beautifully. I can't thank you enough!
- Allison N
Ok thank you so much for the reassurance and for all of your hard work with him. It amazes me how he looks forward to work on his reading with you, when before we started it was a battle getting him to school or to do anything literacy related. I am nervous for Gr.2 because he has really developed such confidence in his ability to learn but the other kids are learning this stuff much faster and I'm nervous he's going to slide back into thinking he's dumb. I'm so grateful we found our way to you.
Wanted to share how great our experience has been with the Beaches Reading Clinic. When Kynan first started he hated reading and avoided it at all costs. At fist he was very negative about attending the tutoring classes and fought tooth and nail NOT to go. But we persevered and quickly found that he began enjoying his time with you at his tutoring classes and talked about his experiences and learning there. He also began to read. At his own will be began to read street signs, menus, and news bulletins on the television. We were amazed, as was he. He found a novel series at the school library that he enjoyed reading and took great pride in finishing each chapter. I knew we had truly turned a corner when he opened his computer and willingly typed a poem in order to complete his homework one night. He had new found pride in his reading ability. It was wonderful to watch as a parent. He is now on level 4 and we look forward to him completing this level and subsequent levels thereafter.
Thank you for all you do for Kynan. You are making a big difference in his life.
Jackie and Haydn.
I wanted to tell you again how much he enjoys coming to see you. It’s so funny, I asked him how he liked seeing his O-G lady at school, and he was like, “Yeah, she’s ok, as long as I can still see Monica.” I’m not entirely sure about that logic, but I thought it was cute. I’m so pleased at how much progress he’s making with you. Thank you so much for your flexibility, and see you Saturday at noon!
ps: We have decided to stop working with the O-G lady at school - Xavi just really isn't enjoying it. AND, he keeps chanting ALL THE TIME "Monica is the best! Monica is the best!" ;)
- Jeri E
My son K.J. is absolutely doing wonderful with Ben Buckingham's instruction. I noticed difference immediately and this week K.J. has said he wishes he could go to your school everyday. Last night for the first time ever he said he wants to show me his reading. How amazing!
Hi Monica - congrats on the coverage. You and the clinic presented really well. Very caring, very competent, but a clinic that addresses the needs with a caring human touch. That is I think your greatest strength. Supporting this population of learners requires considerable understanding training, but most importantly empathy and caring, which you do in spades.
Jay - teacher/tutor @ the Clinic
Just wanted to take a second to say how happy we are with Maria. She is amazing with her! She has so much patience with her and is making the sessions enjoyable for Stella. She encourages her and provides her feedback throughout the session. Thank you for the great match!
Jimmy has worked incredibly hard and had some big gains over the past year - all thanks to you and we can't thank you enough :) Thank you again for all the incredible work you have done with Jimmy to get him to this point. He really took to you and made incredible progress.
- Paul & Meagan
David wanted me to let you know that he finished the entire Captain Underpants book. He read it to me. He’s doing so well with his reading and I’m so happy about it. Ben’s an awesome teacher. Both Johnny and David love working with him.
I will definitely reach out in the future, spread the word and send people your way. I absolutely love the reading clinic you have going on! The environment has just been so so empowering. I am so happy that my kids have seen a totally different type of school atmosphere! Who knows maybe one day I will see if I can teach with you guys!
-Carla (now homeschooling her kids with the Barton)