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Sending your child to school for the first time can be a nerve-wracking experience. For Yanel Morales it was no exception. Like all mothers, she wanted her daughter to leave Kindergarten knowing how to read. But unlike most mothers, Yanel had some insider information to give her confidence. Her daughter Megan would be attending the same school where Yanel taught, using the same successful program Yanel's students used.

Sending your child to school for the first time can be a nerve-wracking experience. For Yanel Morales it was no exception.

Like all mothers, she wanted her daughter to leave Kindergarten knowing how to read. But unlike most mothers, Yanel had some insider information to give her confidence. Her daughter Megan would be attending the same school where Yanel taught, using the same successful program Yanel's students used.

Yanel now teaches third grade at Melrose Elementary in Miami, Florida, where a few years earlier she taught Kindergarten. One of her favorite teaching tools was Imagine Learning English. “It helped my students succeed academically,” she recalls. “It helped them with their blending process and their reading process; they love the stories in Imagine Learning English.”

Yanel has the unique perspective of being able to see the results of her students’ time with Imagine Learning English. “The class that I have right now was the class I had three years ago,” she notes. “I have a lot of my same students. When they were with me they were struggling,” she says, pointing out that back then they were Level 1 ESL students in a self-contained environment.

Fortunately her students were able to use Imagine Learning English every day. She witnessed their growth while they were still in Kindergarten, but being able to see their progress first-hand three years later really impressed her. “They’re no longer in the ESL program,” she marvels. “They’re out. They tested Level 5 already.”

In fact, she recently gave them a mock FCAT test, which is the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, administered to students in grades 3 through 11. “I can proudly say,” she beams, “they would all pass.”

Knowing that Megan would be using Imagine Learning English put Yanel’s mind at ease. And sure enough, she started to see immediate results. “I see the same thing happening with her,” Yanel says. “I’ve seen her grow with her phonics. She’s starting to blend now. She’s starting to do her sight words. She loves the books…she gets home and that’s all she talks about, the story that she read using Imagine Learning, and she tells me what happened in the beginning, the middle, and the end.”

Imagine Learning English quickly became Megan’s favorite activity at school. “I think that has helped her succeed,” says Yanel. “I love it as a parent and as a former user of it.”

To find out more about how Imagine Learning English can help in early childhood education, click here.

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