When he first walked through our doors at the beginning of the school year for the very first time, Luis had difficulty managing his emotions and he was very hesitant to settle down and learn. And now, six months later, his progress is remarkable. Miss Alma taught him how to manage his emotions, take deep breaths and learn how to calm himself down when he felt anxious. Today he is already at the first grade reading level in Lexia and is expected to be at the second grade level by the end of the school year! In addition, he now helps all the other students in his class as they work on Lexia and he teaches them how to pronounce words. Luis comments, “My favorite part about By The Hand is Lexia and playing on the turf. I am at level six in Lexia and I can’t wait to get to level 20!”