Oklahoma

Essential Skills programs are used heavily in 1st and 2nd grade. I also use them in Special Ed. We love the programs.

Donna Olinger, Teacher
Twin Hills School, Okmulgee, Oklahoma

In our school Essential Skills programs are used twice a week by grades 1, 2, and 3 and also Ells (English Language Learners). We find Phonemic Awareness especially helpful.

Laurie Locke, Teacher
Mustang Elementary, Mustang, Oklahoma

We use Essential Skills programs especially for Reading Sufficiency. They are used in the regular classroom and our students have made significant gains. This software is well thought out highly motivational and obviously designed by people who understand how to teach children the basic skills.

Katherine Kuntz, Teacher
Hugh Bish Elementary, Lawton, Oklahoma

Comprehension skills have improved and we have also seen gains in vocabulary among our students.

Charlotte Hendrickson, Teacher
Central Elementary, Wynnewood, Oklahoma

I was using Essential Skills programs while teaching Special Ed. They were definitely a benefit to the students to reinforce and maintain the skills they had learned.

Geneva Johnson, Teacher
Ator Heights Elementary, Owasso, Oklahoma

Our test scores are excellent. We would attribute some of this to Essential Skills.

Jim Dykens, Teacher
Nichols Elementary, Miami, Oklahoma

ESS programs are very engaging which is especially helpful with the kids that are easily distracted. I use the software every week with the students in grades one to five. We have good gains from six months to a year with our students.

Paula Anderson, Reading Specialist
Mustang Trails Elementary, Mustang, Oklahoma

I have used a lot of software, but Essential Skills is the best!

Georgann Looney, Teacher
Cottonwood Elementary, Coalgate, Oklahoma

I've meant to let your company know for quite some time how much I love your Sight Words software. Our principal ordered this for me several years ago, and it has been a wonderful investment. This is the best software for self-paced sight word instruction I've ever seen. The kids love it...it is multi-level and they can progress at their own speed. This software works well when new kids come to my class from other schools where they may be behind in sight word acquisition. It helps them catch up fast. I've also found it very useful for ESL kids. Best of all, the kids love it! We call it 'the rainbow game.'

Tracy Hastings, National Board Certified Teacher
Jones Elementary School, Jones, Oklahoma

We are very pleased with the programs from Essential Skills. Super Phonics is used extensively throughout the building. It is extremely beneficial to our children. The skills correlate well to the curriculum and the technical support that I've received has been fantastic It is obviously software that has been designed by educators. It really gets to the heart of learning. The computer can be a great learning tool and ESS meets the criteria. We also have an ELL student that greatly speeded up his language acquisition using Super Phonics. I am completely sold on your programs!

Jennetta Koester, Library/Media Specialist
Will Rogers Elementary School, Edmond, Oklahoma

I have used this software on a weekly basis for the past three years with my Title I students. My kids really enjoy working through the different activities in the programs. The combination of auditory, visual and tactile approaches is great for my kids. I like the ease of use for the children, as well as the repetition and reinforcement of each concept. The skills taught in these programs very much complement my classroom curriculum.

Debbie Collins, Title I Coordinator
Adair School, Adair, Oklahoma

We purchased one of the High-Low reading programs and have used it with children from first through fifth grade. The program is very helpful to the children in second grade. They get very excited about using the program. A number of my fifth grade ELL students have made dramatic gains using the program. Other schools in our district are also having great success with the programs from Essential Skills. I would certainly recommend the High-Low Readers to other teachers.

Peggy Brissey, 5th Grade Teacher
Roy Clark Elementary, Tulsa, Oklahoma

We have used Essential Skills programs with our K-2 and remedial students on a weekly basis for the past four years. These programs are easy to work with and fun to use. They are a good supplement to our curriculum and I think they have definitely made a difference for our children. We use the programs to prepare our younger students for the BEArkansas test and the district benchmark test.

Jane Anne Crutchfield, Grade One Teacher
Chisholm Elementary, Edmond, Oklahoma

We are really excited about the programs from Essential Skills. They are exactly what we needed. The students love the programs and find them fun and motivating. The teachers like being able to go into the marks manager and get reports to use in parent conferencing. I'm a great believer in your products!

Deborah Forest, Principal
Edmond Doyle School, Mc Alester, Oklahoma

Our kids love the programs from Essential Skills. I like it that they can practice yet not realize they are steadily working on and learning their basic skills.

Leida Baker, Grade One Teacher
Olive Elementary, Drumright, Oklahoma

I would rate Essential Skills a 10 out of 10 for ease of use, appeal to students and organization and delivery of skills.

Mary Beth Wilson, Title I Teacher
Luther Elementary, Luther, Oklahoma

It is basic skills practice that my kids need help with and Essential Skills programs are able to target specific skills for each of my students. I purchased the programs on a memory stick and absolutely love them. I can take them from classroom to classroom everything is saved on the memory stick. The children stay engaged by these programs and work independently. I love the reports and tracking to show parents. This software is a definite ten out of ten.

Diana Fourkiller, Reading Specialist
Zion Public School, Stilwell, Oklahoma

I really like the programs from ESS because they individualize the skills depending on ability level. First I show the kids the programs on the Smartboard. We do some activities together then the children are able to work independently at their own level. My students are definitely benefitting. Our testing results are mostly showing progress with some students improving as much as two grade levels.

Mrs. Hanks, Special Education
Pickett Center School, Ada, Oklahoma

Our students use Essential Skills on a daily basis. The programs are being used by most classroom teachers throughout the school. They target specific skills and are easy to use. On a scale of 1-10 I would rate this software a 9 for development and reinforcement of basic skills.

Carolyn Gray, Special Education Teacher
Smithville School, Smithville, Oklahoma

We use Essential Skills daily. These programs give the supplemental practice and review that the students wouldn't otherwise get. They give thorough coverage and repetition of the skills using all learning modalities. The programs are also grade leveled and use controlled vocabulary. Also, it is easy to keep track of student progress and print reports to share with teachers and parents.

Mrs. Parker, Title I Teacher Director
Washita Heights Elementary, Corn, Oklahoma

OMG what a difference these programs make for our kids. They love the math programs. The students are so excited about their ability to do math, especially the ELL kids that struggle with English and reading. One little boy who is an Ell student leaves my class on cloud nine because he starts the day out being so successful. What a pleasure to experience his excitement. The Essential Skills programs are wonderful because they target the student levels so well. I love this stuff.

Shelly Pitts, Technology Teacher for CFAA
Sand Springs, Oklahoma

Oklahoma, Results

I really like the programs from Essential Skills because they individualize the skills depending on ability level. My students are definitely benefitting. Our testing results are mostly showing progress with some students improving as much as two grade levels!

Judy Hanks
Special Education Teacher