What Users Say about the CRP
These comments were written by educators who have used the Caldwell Reading Program progressively more and more in their schools over the past few years.A Principal's Comments
This very popular program is highly requested by teachers. Since our reading books are literature based, teachers use the Caldwell Reading Program to help children learn how to sound out words.
Our school's Title I steering committee always takes the money needed for the Caldwell Program right off the top--that put it on as a top priority.
Every teacher in our building supports and acclaims this
program. Every one sees its effectiveness.
There's not a day that goes by that you don't hear my class say, "That's a Mr. Caldwell unit!" It is one of the most exciting things that has happened in my 21 years of teaching. The children look forward to learning new units and words and more importantly they retain what they have learned. Their reading skills have improved greatly--because this program makes sense! Thank you for giving me the tools to make even my slower readers successful.
The Caldwell program really works! Students learn quickly to apply units when attacking new words! I also enjoy teaching the program. Thank you for your efforts!
I wasn't sure I wanted to do this program when it was first introduced to me. I felt it was just "something else" to fit into my busy schedule. It didn't take long until I loved it. It's just so amazing to hear a six year old use these unit sounds to figure out a word. My children are so happy and proud using the skills they are learning in the Caldwell program. I'm glad I gave it a try.
When I was teaching fourth grade I had a student move into the area who was assigned to my room. He was unable to read even on a first-grade level. I started the Caldwell Reading Program with this student at the beginning of the year and by Christmas he was reading on a third-grade level. By the end of the year, he was up to grade level. His reaction to his success was an improvement in his self esteem and a manifestation of better behavior in school. He was a foster child and had been a child who showed many behavior problems at the beginning of the year. My biggest joy was the next year when he made the honor roll in fifth grade every nine weeks. This year, I have followed him and he made the honor roll this first nine weeks period in middle school. I feel that his success is due entirely to his exposure to the Caldwell Reading Program.
It was my privilege last year to participate in a classroom study to determine the effectiveness of the Caldwell Reading Program. During the study, the effectiveness of Caldwell was compared with the Harcourt Brace Reading Series. The results showed Caldwell to be an extremely effective reading series. The following comments are why I found this series to be by far the most effective reading series I have taught in my 25 year teaching career:
This series deserves serious consideration for use with illiterate students because it works and can be easily taught by volunteers.
My elementary school principal became interested in the Caldwell Reading Program after I insisted on using the program in my classroom in addition to the state-adopted program. She saw very quickly how effective it is. After a couple of months of using the program with my class, she came in to observe and was amazed at how well the children were reading. My class had two students who were above average students, five or six who were average and twelve who were below average, and some of them were far below average. Even the above average students commented that they knew they could read better than they could after a few months of work with the CRP. Average students improved to the point that most of them were making above-average grades. The below average students improved so much that they were making average and above average grades. I am convinced that with the CRP any student can learn to read.
My principal was so impressed with the program that she managed to purchase sets of the CRP books so that teachers in grades one and two are using the program each year. There definitely is an improvement in the students' reading level.
In a meeting with our new superintendent to acquaint him with the Caldwell Reading Program, I related the following. "As a special education teacher, I have tried every program I have found to try to help students learn to read. Until I became acquainted with the Caldwell Reading Program, my only comment to parents was, "I will do my best to teach your child to read." After using the CRP, I now say, "Your child will learn to read."* A child never has trouble learning to read. The excitement a child shows when he/she realizes success in learning to read is wonderful. One student in the third grade had told his teacher, "Don't bother trying to teach me to read. I can't learn." After going through the CRP he reads well and on grade level. At Christmas time, he wrote a thank-you note to me thanking me for teaching him to read. Parents have reported that for the first time they are able to help their child at home and many have learned to read themselves. We had a family move into our town from Yugoslavia and only the father spoke English. We used the CRP with the children and they and their mother learned to read English.
*Several years ago I met, for the first time, a resource room teacher who was using my reading program. Her first comment to me was, "When teachers made referrals to me I used to say, 'I may not be able to teach this one to read.' I don't say that any more."
Student Reactions as Reported by Teachers
The students I have taught seem to enjoy this series immensely and were excited about reading the stories. The workbooks also were designed to encourage independent work skills and there were never complaints about working in them. The following are what I experienced and comments I heard from students working in this series:
Students enjoy the stories and ask to continue reading even
after the class time is over. They are anxious to see what happens. I have never
had children ask to continue reading. After a few weeks, the students themselves
remark about how much better they are reading and how much they enjoy it. One
mother reported that her two daughters never did like to read, but the older
one, after having my class and going through the Caldwell Program, read all the
time - so much that her younger sister was angry with her because she would
rather read than play with her.
Parent Reactions as Reported by Teachers:
During the time I have been using the Caldwell Program I have heard only good comments from parents regarding its effectiveness and ease of use. The following are a sample of the type of remarks I heard repeatedly:
I had parents who volunteered to help work with the students in the CRP. Without fail, those parents were amazed at the success the students had as a result of using this program. It is a program that is effective yet easy enough that parents can help their children, and volunteers, who have spent a minimum amount of time in receiving training, are able to help in teaching it.
A parent who has worked for two years in volunteering to help students with the Caldwell Reading Program has two sons who have had a terrible time with reading. After helping her two sons, and working with the students at school, she is "sold" on the effectiveness of the program. She reported that every day she can see improvement in the students' reading ability. She is excited about helping the students and seeing their success. She says it is the first time her sons have been interested in reading and have been able to read well and understand what they have read.
The following letter represents a school district that has used my reading program extensively for the past few years.