Beauregard Parish school uses rhymes to help with literacy

Beauregard Parish school uses rhymes to help with literacy

DERIDDER, LA (KPLC) - Scott is only in Kindergarten, but he's already identifying words and letters with little problems.

"I thought it was a good idea, because it teaches him how to rhyme and recognize letters," said Parent, Crystal Hammerschmidt.

Hammerschmidt helps her son with the Fast Learner program at K.R. Hanchey Elementary.

The reading program is voluntary, but available to every student and parent.

"It has improved their fluency, how many words they can read, and identifying letters," said Reading Interventionist at K.R. Hanchey, Sue Crosby.

What's special about the Fast Start program is that it's all about poems and nursery rhymes.

A new poem is sent home with Pre-K, kindergarten, and first graders at the beginning of each week. It's then up to the parents to go through the poem and activities with it.

The poems are then placed around the school to help continue learning and make it fun.

"We have children walking down the hall and finding the letter K," said Crosby.

Fast Start is set up where parents first read the poem to their child, and then they read it together, followed by the child reading alone.

During a three year study with Fast Start, The Journal of Educational Research said students in the program improved in letter identification, sit word knowledge, comprehension, and more words read.

Scott is only six weeks into the program, but Hammerschmidt said the results made a big improvement.

"He's got it down, he understands it, he's progressed so much in the last five to six weeks," said Hammerschmidt.

The program is proving a rhyme a day, can help keep illiteracy away.

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