All Reading Power programs – prekindergarten, kindergarten, first and second grade – are based on a one-to-one tutor/student relationship and are delivered during the school day.
“The most valuable preschool preparation for school learning is to love books, and to know that there is a world of interesting ideas in them.” (Butler and Clay, 1979).
The Reading Power prekindergarten program began in 2015 at Green Bay Early Childhood Center in North Chicago. We meet Monday afternoons from 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. Each shift is approximately one hour long. Start times vary between each classroom. It is important to note that we meet in the classrooms and sit on the floor or at child-sized table and chairs. Site coordinator, Joy McGreevy, leads the program.
The curriculum is rooted in accelerated oral language development through quality literature led by a trained Reading Power volunteer tutor. As with all of our curricula, our methods are research-based, developmentally appropriate, and individualized for each student. The teachers and tutors are witnesses to the daily successes and excitement each child brings to the tutoring session. Tutoring within the classroom instead of in our own classroom is new to Reading Power. For this age level, all students participate in rich, one-to-one discussions with our trained, volunteer tutors to accelerate oral language
development through quality, interactive literature.
- The focus of the Reading Power prekindergarten program is oral language development through high-quality literature.
- A one-to-one session will be an option during students’ morning ‘choice time’. At this time, students rotate between multiple ‘centers’ and activities.
- Volunteer tutors dedicate one morning a week (Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday) for approximately one to two hours at Green Bay Early Childhood Center in North Chicago, IL. During this time, volunteer tutors will work one-to-one, within the classroom (on the classroom carpet or at a small classroom table).
Kindergarten Students (Afternoon)
Our afternoon programs take place Tuesday through Thursday from approximately 11:30 to 2:30 at Alexander Elementary and Forrestal Elementary Schools in North Chicago. During this time, volunteers work one-to-one with three to four kindergarten students for 20 minutes each.
First and Second Grade Students (Morning)
- Our morning programs take place at approximately 8:15 – 11:30 (depending on the tutoring site). Morning programs are offered Monday through Friday at Alexander Elementary and Forrestal Elementary Schools in North Chicago and Tuesday through Thursday at Beulah Park Elementary School in Zion.
- During this time, volunteers tutor three students, one-to-one for thirty-five minutes each.
- During the thirty-five minute tutoring sessions, each child reads four leveled books, writes a sentence, and completes some discrete word or letter work.
- The child takes a book home each night to read to a parent, and the tutor writes a brief, daily note to the parent.
- The cornerstone of our program is helping to accelerate children’s literacy learning early – before they have a chance to fail.
- Reading Power’s one-to-one first and second grade tutoring intervention is modeled in part after Project Prevent, a program developed by National-Louis University, and incorporates facets of Reading Recovery, an internationally renowned early intervention literacy program created by educational researcher, Marie Clay.
"We at Reading Power want to give our students the tools to help enable our students, not make them dependent upon us. We want to give them the tools to help them become effective readers, and then we hope they will take those tools and build a lifetime of successes - in and out of the classroom. Is that too ambitious?"
-Regina Lind, tutor and donor