ARD offers reading classes

By: Bruce Warren Journal Staff Writer
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For parents with children struggling to read at school, the Auburn Recreation District has a program with a solution. The first ARD reading class for children 6 to 10 years old will be Oct. 28 at the Canyon View Community Center off Maidu Drive in Auburn. This is the first time ARD will offer this type of class, said Sheryl Petersen, ARD recreation services manager. “These classes are for children who have difficulty with their reading,” Petersen said. Six weeks of classes will cost $228 and Petersen recommends signing up no later than Oct. 24. “When you break it down, it’s about $22 per class and when you talk about semi-private tutoring for your children, I think it’s a real bargain,” Petersen said. “Partial youth-scholarship funds are available for those who qualify.” No more than six students will be accepted for the class taught by Denise Marman, a reading instruction specialist with four years of teaching experience in the Auburn Union School District. Marman has served as a special education teacher. She also taught the Second Step Program, which helps students from kindergarten through fifth grade with anger management and social skills. “I’ve known Denise for a couple of years now professionally, and she comes to us with the highest integrity and great qualifications,” Petersen said. When it comes to the size of her class, Marman has a reason. “I don’t want to go higher than six, because then it cuts back on the individual time I can give to each student,” Marman said. Marman utilizes the Academic Associates reading program founded in 1985 by Cliff Ponder, a former elementary school principal. Ponder, who used to live in Auburn, discovered that children could learn to read by using a system of phonics. Marman uses a system of phonics with her students. “This program is used all over the world,” Marman said. “It works even for children who say, ‘I can’t do it.’ But in time they can do it. Studies have shown that phonics work better. Each lesson builds on what you’ve learned in previous lessons.” Marman, credentialed by the state to teach kindergarten through grade 12, prefers tutoring over teaching because of the impact she can make in student learning. “What I love about tutoring is that I feel I have more of an impact,” Marman said. “I can tailor the program to exactly meet the students needs. When a teacher is working with 30 students, they have to teach the masses not the individual.” One advantage of Marman’s class over public school instruction is that she can pace her instruction to fit the student’s learning ability. “I pace the course according to how quickly the student can progress,” Marman said. Learning to read well can affect the student’s progress in other subjects. “Children really need to be on top of their reading as a foundation,” Marman said. “Without reading they won’t be able to do their math problems.” Marman, 52, has a son Elliott, 16, a sophomore at Placer High School, and a daughter Alexis, 13, who attends E.V. Cain. __________________ Children’s Reading Classes Ages: 6 to 10 Cost: $228 for 10 classes Register: No later than Oct. 24, first class Oct. 28 Classes: 4:30 to 5:30, Tuesdays and Thursdays Where: Canyon View Community Center, Maidu Drive Information: Call Sheryl Petersen, 530-885-8461, ext 15.