My son started at Sylvan this past summer after a very long first grade year of absences due to sickness. His confidence level was very low and he was not doing well with reading or spelling at all. I felt he needed some extra help to prepare for the second grade. The confidence he had is now back and he hasn't said ""I can'r read mommy in a very long time! Sylvan has been a blessing for him and I know he will do so much better in second grade because of it. I am grateful to the teachers and the Sylvan staff for everything they have helped him succeed in so far!