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Children with dyslexia and other reading and math challenges often find their way to tutoring programs and yet make no progress. What is it that enables Windy Row Leaning Center to give those children the gift of success?

First, our tutors are all trained (with over 100 hours of instruction and supervised tutoring) in the Orton-Gillingham method, internationally known for helping children to read.

Second, our tutors do not simply rely on one method: they have at their disposal...


Windy Row keeps up with the latest research in dyslexia and shares it with parents and teachers through our blog, newsletter and Facebook page. Here are two examples of recent research and how the findings may affect children, parents and teachers.

Understanding Instructions

Children with dyslexia have a hard time understanding the connection between letters and their sounds; it turns out they may also have difficulty connecting spoken words with their meaning.



This is an update to a blog post that first appeared in September, 2014. We hope it will answer many of your questions about Windy Row and finding help for your child.

An article from the National Center for Disabilities lists the questions to ask a tutor before hiring them. Here's how Windy Row tutors would answer those questions. Once you read our answers, please phone or email us if you have further questions; we are always open to talking with parents.

  1. What is your...

Most of the parents who seek us out have heard about Windy Row from other parents, their pediatrician or their child's teacher. But we often hear that people aren't sure what we do (provide afterschool tutoring in reading and math) or what age children we help (kindergarten through grade 10) or what problems those children face (any reading or math challenges that keep them from progressing at grade level). They may not be sure where we are located (Peterborough, New Hampshire) or what...


"Tommy" has a bunch of cars. If you put five of them on the table and ask Tommy how many are there, he might answer 2 or 200. He might refuse to answer at all. Tommy is 8 years old and has a math challenge.

Math challenges may or may not accompany reading challenges, but dyscalculia (the math equivalent of dyslexia) affects up to 6% of children. Although less common than dyslexia, it can be just as devastating and just as difficult to overcome without individual tutoring and...


We're beginning to take calls from parents who wonder if it is too late to start one-on-one tutoring in reading or math for their children. The short answer: Call us! We try to fit children in at any time during the school year.

However, at this point you may be interested in summer tutoring. Our tutors are available to help your child over the summer with reading and math, and still accommodate your family vacation.

If your child is already falling behind peers in school, or if...


The quote in the title comes from an interview with Dr. Sally Shaywitz at the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity. She is noted for developing "the Sea of Strengths model of dyslexia which emphasizes a sea of strengths of higher critical thinking and creativity" surrounding dyslexia.

Dylexia and other reading challenges are neurological--that is, they involve the way signals pass to the brain for the activity of reading. Sometimes a slow processing speed (the quickness with which...


If you couldn't read:

  • You couldn't drive because you couldn't read road signs and in any case you couldn't pass the written driving test.
  • You couldn't follow the signs to a doctor's office or an emergency room.
  • Store signs, including the name of the store and the open, closed and sale signs, would mean nothing to you.
  • To go anywhere new, you would have to hear the directions; you could not read them.
  • You would be baffled by labels on drugs and...

You may not be able to believe everything you read in the news, but you can trust the stories about Windy Row Learning Center!

The newest issue of the Monadnock Small Business Journal features a title story on volunteering--and Windy Row is mentioned throughout. Our longest serving board member, John Kaufhold, explains the benefits of volunteering for himself personally, his business, and his team. The story, on pages 20-22 of the Journal answers some of the most...


Dyslexia is based in the brain; the brains of non-readers do not make the same connections between sounds and symbols as the brains of readers. In some ways, this is a huge benefit. Non-readers are more creative; they think "outside the box" because their brains do not recognize the box. In other ways, this is a huge drawback, as so much of our current knowledge is handed down through reading (whether in a book or online) and reading is essential in almost every aspect of life, from passing...


Windy Row depends on our individual donors to help us help children learn to read.  

A heartfelt thank you to our generous donors in 2015, who include:

Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund

John & Maud Corser Fund (a donor advised grant from the NH Charitable Foundation)

Masonic Lodge-Altemont #26

Peterborough Rotary

St. James Thrift Shop

Manhattan East Hair Design Studio

Currently, 7 girls and boys are receiving specialized after-school tutoring...


Here is a way you can help hundreds of children learn to read, children who would otherwise struggle to read at a first- or second-grade level for the rest of their lives.

Join the Board of Windy Row.

Sound frightening? It isn't! Sound expensive? It isn't! Sound like you'll be dunning every friend you have for cash? You won't!

So what will you do as a member of the Board of Windy Row?

  • You will meet once a month between 5:15 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at 8 Windy Row (...

If your child has been struggling with reading or math the first half of the school year, call or email Windy Row Learning Center.

We accept children at any time of the school year and will adjust our fees to match the number of after-school tutoring sessions.

If you believe you can't afford one-on-one tutoring, please talk to us. 

We have a generous sliding scale for tuition and we also offer financial aid (scholarships). Our goal as a...


Here are answers to some questions that folks have recently asked us about Windy Row:

Q. My pediatrician recommended that I contact you. What is the next step?

A. We will arrange for you to speak by phone with our Executive Director Dr. Cheryl Orcutt, who can answer your questions about Windy Row and who can help you evaluate whether Windy Row is a good fit for your child. If you decide that Windy Row is a good fit for you and your child, we will then arrange for your...


We're growing our presence on Facebook, thanks to new board member Susannah Batchelder. Come like us on Facebook and see what parents, teachers, and concerned adults just like you are talking about.

One of the reasons Windy Row Learning Center joined Facebook is to make it easy for concerned adults to ask questions and learn more about both Windy Row Learning Center and reading challenges, including dyslexia. We speak about...


Our wreath sale at the Holiday Stroll on Saturday was very successfull, with many wreaths sold even before the stroll officially began! We have a few wreaths left at $20.

These hand-crafted wreaths are all NH-made. At 24-inches, with ribbons and real berries, they are a joyful addition to any home.

All proceeds from the sale go into our scholarship/financial aid fund for children whose families need help with the tuition at Windy Row. 

Windy Row Learning Center is a 501(c)3...


As parents, we often struggle with knowing when to help our child with a reading or math challenge: does our child really need our help or are we over-reacting, over-protecting? If you are worried that your child might be having problems learning to read or do math, you might use the following as a checklist. Any one of the items might not indicate a problem, but two or more should put you an alert. Does your child:

  • Complain of being very tired after studying for even a short time...

October means Halloween fun. It is also Dyslexia Awareness Month. Children with reading challenges like dyslexia can’t read the instructions on how to carve a pumpkin or the names of the candies they like best or the cards they get wishing them a Happy Halloween. They can’t even clearly mark their calendar for the day because dyslexia is so closely associated with dysgraphia, affecting handwriting, spelling and the ability to put thoughts on paper.

Please help us make the next...


At Windy Row, we tutor children in reading and math using developmentally appropriate activities. When we customize each reading or math lesson for your child, we take into account your child's social/emotional, physical and cognitive abilities and we work with your child's strengths. Every choice a tutor makes in developing an individual lesson plan is based on the child's development and interests.

For example, we might have a kindergarten child trace out letters in shaving cream or...


When your child is struggling with reading or math, a great math or reading tutor can change the situation around. But what qualifications should you look for in a reading or math tutor?

1. Training. Above all, tutoring a child who has reading or math challenges is not for amateurs, no matter how well-meaning. A typical tutor at Windy Row has undergone 45 hours of seminars and 100 hours of supervised tutoring before being allowed to tutor a child unsupervised. Tutors must master the...


As a parent, guardian or educator, you know that children with dyslexia struggle to read and that their struggle often leads to educational, social and behavioral problems. You have great sympathy with that struggle but you also have your own frustrations in handling the situation.

Sometimes, though, it helps to see a situation from the inside--to briefly experience dyslexia to understand it better. One way to do that is to read the stories of individuals who grew up with dyslexia. Ben...


Windy Row Learning Center is accepting applications for specialized afterschool tutoring in reading and math. Here is the process for applying:

1. Reach out to us by phone (603-924-7198) or email with your contact information and the best time to reach you. We should respond within 24 hours.

2. In our initial talk, we will answer your questions about Windy Row Learning Center and any concerns you may have...


Do you know how children learn to read? Do you know how to recognize if a child needs professional help?

On Wednesday October 14 at 3:45 p.m., Windy Row's Stephanie Hood will offer a free presentation to parents, educators and professionals at Highbridge Elementary School in New Ipswich. She will explain the mechanics of reading and why some children struggle, answer questions and suggest ways to address reading issues for families and teachers. Many thanks to Highbridge Principal...


If speaking English is our first language, then reading English could be considered our "second" language. Just as many of us have difficulty learning a foreign language, children with reading challenges like dyslexia have difficulty learning to read. The causes may be different, but the frustrations and sense of failure are very similar.

Recently, I read a report about teaching English as a second language (ESL). The writer described the difficulties ESL students have in understanding...


At Windy Row Learning Center, we know parents have many questions about dyslexia and reading challenges--and so do children. What we hear most often from children is that they feel "stupid" or "broken." They may have been told by other children, adults and even teachers that they are lazy and not working hard enough; that they are underachievers; and that they are disruptive, which you would be, too, if you were trapped in a room all day long facing failure after failure.

Dyslexia is...