The Reading Room
is a Title I Reading Program. Our reading program serves grades K-4 in
the Elementary. The focus of the program is to support classroom
reading instruction while offering learning in a variety of ways.
The program utilizes small group instruction as well as one on one assistance with the help of community mentors.
A new instructional tool that
we have utilized to promote fluency in reading is the Read Naturally
program. "Fluency is an important component of good reading. Fluency
is highly correlated with reading comprehension. The program was
developed by a teacher to explicitly address fluency. Research-proven
strategies are used to help students improve fluency, support
comprehension, and accelerate their reading achievement." Students are
taken to the computer lab to work on leveled reading materials 2-3 times
a week during their reading room time. The program is used in grades
2, 3, and 4. Students in grades
1-4 come to the Reading Room 4 days a week, for 1/2 hour each day.
Students in Kindergarten come 5 days a week, for 1/2 hour each day.
the room is staffed with a Reading Specialist, Mrs. Karen Grove, and
two paraprofessionals, Mrs. Donna Crozier, and Mrs. Sheri Stacy. In
order for a student to receive reading help, certain criteria must be
met. We evaluate those students who have been recommended by their
previous classroom teacher. These students are given a variety of
assessments which help in determining eligibility. Kindergarten
students are given a Kindergarten Readiness Assessment called the KRAL,
which, along with teacher input, aides in selection. This test was
developed by the State of Ohio through research, and based on best
practices in assessment and the Early Learning Content Standards. All of
the reading instruction is planned by Mrs. Grove, the reading
specialist, but is often implemented by our papaprofessionals and our
community helpers, the reading mentors.
Reading Room consistently needs volunteers who are willing to give as
little as 1/2 hour a week to our program. These mentors will work with a
single student in the area of Language Arts. Depending upon the time
you choose to come, your student could be in Kindergarten through grade
4. A clear, consise lesson plan will be available for you to follow.
Please consider volunteering to mentor a child. In order to sign up at
any time, call the Reading Room at 419-533-4498.