"90% of children with reading difficulties will achieve grade level in reading if they receive help in the 1st grade. 75% of those children whose help is delayed to age 9 or later continue to struggle throughout their school career." (Vellutino, Scanton, Sipay, Small, Pratt, Chen & Denckla, 1996)
Our first grade students have a good attitude, put forth a solid effort, and want to grow as readers.
In order to grow as readers they need to have access to books that they can take home to read with their parents. Having access to books at home is a gift that not all of our students have.
The goal of this project is that, every morning students will walk in and check out books on their level and their choice, so they can read them at home. The books will be housed in the Literacy Storage Cart, in labeled bins. We will also use a check out system so that we ensure all children have books to read and are swapping them often. To keep the books safe from elements, the first graders will keep their books in the plastic velcro folder, which will also hold a reading log and sight words to practice.
Students who scored 90% better than their peers on reading tests, read for more than 20 minutes a day.
This reading cart and home reading program will expose our first graders to 1.8 million words a year. In contrast, students who scored at 50% on reading tests, read only 4.6 minutes a day on average. Exposing them to 282,000 words per year (or 1/6 the amount of words per year).
Thank you for supporting this project. Your donations will truly help our first grade students reach their reading goal for the year...and their life.
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