Frequently asked questions


Program FAQ

Please contact us, even if you aren’t sure why your child is having trouble with reading. Windy Row does not require a formal medical diagnosis of dyslexia. Our guideline of 1 to 2 years below grade level in reading is only a guideline. We see many children who have been barely maintaining grade level in first or second grade; by third grade they are in trouble that could have been avoided.

Yes, Windy Row does offer financial aid, you can apply for it here. At the time of this writing, each one-on-one tutoring session costs $70; there are 50 sessions during a school year. Total tuition for one academic year is $3,500. This regular help through the school year is what works best for children struggling with reading, therefore we do not recommend fewer sessions. Our goal is to help every child who needs our help.

We ask children to attend one-on-one after-school tutoring sessions twice a week for one hour each session during the school year. During the summer we often offer a more flexible schedule so that children can maintain and strengthen their reading skills and still have a family vacation.

Yes, we accept new students any time of the year, as long as we have space and a tutor available. Please contact us for more information.

If you live within 30 minutes of Peterborough, we may be able to arrange to tutor your child at their school. If you live further east, there are Masonic Learning Centers offer similar programs to Windy Row. Contact the Children’s Dyslexia Center in Nashua, the Seacoast Learning Center in Rochester and similar programs in other states. There is also Literacy Learning Solutions in Nashua that offers the Orton Gillingham approach for reading tutoring.

Many of the children we see have ADD and other behavioral issues. Sometimes the behavior is a result, rather than a cause, of the reading difficulty. When a child has to sit in a classroom day after day, bored and frustrated because he can’t understand what the other children understand, behavioral issues are very likely to arise. Our tutors are expert at helping children to focus and make progress.

The younger we see a child, the happier we are because we can save that child from years of failure at school. If you believe your child has signs of a reading problem, even at kindergarten age, please contact us. Some of the signs you might look for include an inability to say the alphabet in order (or sing the alphabet song in order), an inability to follow directions for a game that your child’s peers can follow, and confusion over concepts such as first and last or left and right. If your child is having difficulty with these and other reading concepts, she may not simply grow out of it. Please let us help.