When kids first arrive at Mercy Home, they perform a standardized test to evaluate where they are in their basic academic skills. We then match a child with a tutor to work with them after school in a one-on-one setting, ensuring they have all the necessary attention to address their specific needs.
But like anything in life, practice makes perfect, and it is not always easy to create an interest in reading for high-school-aged boys, whom Goldstein works with at Mercy Home.
“I push reading for pleasure. If you don’t have any homework – great – let’s go grab you a book,” Goldstein said. “We have access to some pretty cool resources.”
The Learning Center at Mercy Home contains an abundance of reading material that our kids can access at any time. For students to progress towards higher-level reading material, it’s important they find topics that pique their interest and keep them engaged, so they can build their skills through repetition.