Meet Hannah Davidov

When she started first grade at Krieger Schechter Day School (KSDS) last fall, Hannah Davidov’s teachers thought she might benefit from some extra support with her reading skills.

So, they called on SHEMESH reading specialist Eileen Diener Himmelrich to work with Hannah and a couple of her KSDS peers.

“We play games, sometimes Twister. We also do ‘red words.’ Those are hard memory words. If we get a word right five times, we can retire the word,” says Hannah of her weekly sessions.

For Hannah, the sessions were fun. For her mother, Jaime Davidov, the progress has been “incredible.”

“Hannah went from barely reading at the beginning of the year, to reading chapter books,” says Jaime. “When I saw her pick one up, it was very emotional for me. I had no idea she was at that level.”

Now a rising second-grader, Hannah is quite pleased with her progress. “At school, we read easy books, but I’m reading chapter books,” she says proudly.

“I really notice the difference at home when she goes to see Mrs. Himmelrich. She feels like it’s fun, a game and she enjoys it,” says Jaime.

Hannah loves the “Heidi Hecklebeck” book series and her current favorite is Heidi Hecklebeck Goes to Camp.

“Hannah’s enjoying that book in particular since she just started going to camp,” says Jaime. “SHEMESH and Eileen have been incredible. I have and would recommend them to anyone who feels their child’s reading level is not where it should be.”

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