Research shows that children who read well in the early grades are far more successful in later years and those who fall behind often stay behind when it comes to academic achievement.
Save the Children supplemental literacy programs reinforce literary concepts and target key reading skills. Our approach is designed to motivate children and create lifelong readers.
Education is one of the most direct and viable pathways out of poverty, yet many of the 2.6 million poor children in rural America lack the literacy skills they need to succeed. Working in partnership with local schools, Save the Children provides children in kindergarten through fifth grade with the tools they need to develop reading skills and the guidance and support they need to grow as readers. Each program component was designed to accelerate achievement for struggling readers.
* During our after-school programs, students participate in an hour-long program called the Developing Reader Literacy Block, which consists of activities to support reading achievement. Struggling readers are paired with books that are appropriate for their individual reading level and their reading progress is supported and closely monitored during: guided independent reading, read-aloud sessions, fluency activities designed to help students learn to read with accuracy, expression and comprehension, and vocabulary development. The program is designed not only to improve literacy achievement, but also to foster a life-long love of reading.
* To provide additional support for children reading below grade level, staff members work with select groups of struggling readers during the school day to provide tutorials in phonics, sight-word growth, comprehension and vocabulary enhancement and increased opportunities for guided independent reading.
* Emergent reader activities are available for children in kindergarten and first grade addressing phonetic awareness, letter recognition, sound-symbol correspondence and beginning sight-word knowledge.
Diane Buckner - Site Coordinator for the In-School and After-School programs and GIRP
Callie White - In-school Tutor, Healthy Choice Coordinator, and RAVFL Tutor (Read Aloud, Vocabulary, and Fluency)