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We do frequent trainings - in 90 minutes, we'll get you ready to coach.
You will coach (tutor) one hour a week utilizing a simple sight word approach
At the end of the 2017-18 school year,
the students who were coached once a week showed an average of 251% increase in sight word recognition.
The students who were coached twice a week,
showed 262% increase in sight word recognition.
Both reading fluency and comprehension increase when students readily recognize frequently used words on sight.
By targeting one area of growth (sight word recognition),
students will show improvement in all three areas!
470 North Parkway PO Box 2086 Jackson, Tennessee 38302
"After spending 17 years homeschooling our two children, my husband and I recently found ourselves empty-nesters. I began to think and pray about how to use my time. I knew I wanted to be involved in something that invested in peoples' lives. After hearing about Team Read and going to the introductory meeting, I decided I would commit to volunteering.
After the first meeting with my two assigned children, I discovered that one of them wanted to be a dentist and the other a basketball player when they grow up. Mid-year one of my children moved away, and I was assigned a new reader. He wants to be a chef when he grows up. This in itself was rather unusual, but then I discovered that he already knew all the 1000+ sight words we were supposed to be working on!
I wondered what in the world we would do with our time. Then it occurred to me. I had a children's cookbook at home that I would bring with me, and we would read recipes. The cookbook is unique in that it teaches about different countries and cultures around the world. Every week I brought the cookbook and a children's atlas, and we read about how to make dishes from Egypt to Japan. We even practiced with chopsticks when we read about China.
After our first day of reading from the cookbook, my young reader said, "Can I take this book home with me?" I told him I needed to keep it, but that each week I would bring him a photocopy of the recipes we would read for that day. After doing this for several weeks, another little boy came to me and said, "Can I have one of those 'grocery lists' like you send home with him?"
At the close of our year our final meeting day was bittersweet. The volunteers were proud of the progress our readers had made and were glad to cheer them on, but we were also sad to say goodbye. We had become friends. We were allowed to bring a book to give to each of our readers as a small gift to encourage them to keep on reading. I can't tell you the joy I experienced when my reader opened his package and found his own copy of the cookbook we had been reading together. Team Read is truly one of the best things I have ever been involved in. I can't recommend it enough."
-Ms. Pat Guthrie, Former READ Team Coach at Lane Elementary