This month I am helping educators know how to fill the gaps in curriculum for struggling students. When my daughter was learning to read, we started with the Abeka kindergarten program and then used their 1st grade curriculum for 2 years. Then I found a curriculum called Sing Spell Read and Write and used that for 2 years. Finally we started to achieve some success. It was at that time I found a wonderful interactive computer program with SWRL books. You may know them as “I See Sam” books. They were developed by the Southwest Regional Laboratory for Educational Development and Research. This program took us to a new level of success and finally my daughter could read her own books independently and feel accomplished. You can find a similar free program at http://freereaders.weebly.com/i-see-sam-readers.html. All of the Sam books on this site can be printed out. I am using this program in my classroom with students who have been unsuccessful with reading in the past. I am currently using Orton-Gillingham, word family books from the Measured Mom website, I See Sam books, and one more resource called Headsprout. My students are enjoying a level of success that was not offered to them through using only 1 curriculum. Join me next week as I discuss Headsprout in fuller detail.