We have one student who has progressed through the tests quickly. He is seven years old and can speak with 8 different verb conjugations and can use many basic grammar patterns. He can also read and write as well. He is an intelligent boy. But, I don’t think he has achieved this level through just his own intelligence. He does what I ask him to do. He does his homework. He also comes to a second lesson I offer for free on Saturdays. And, most importantly, he has a mother who is very willing and able to help him study throughout the week. When I saw the potential the son had for learning English, I offered to teach the mother alongside him at no extra charge. I knew it would be best for him if he had someone to work with at home. She was initially surprised at the idea, but she is now very enthusiastic about it. Probably his mother’s assistance is the main reason why his level has progressed so rapidly.
I am also including a letter he wrote as a first grader. I have included both his first and final drafts. If you’ll notice, there are very few errors on his first draft. The final draft neglects a bottom margin, but I was so impressed with it that I didn’t think to tell him to fix it.
So, I guess, here’s the lesson to be learned. Parents! Work with your children. You’ll be impressed with what can happen.