All Aboard the Train to Reading
By Faith Network of the East Bay
Each Excel Reading Clinic student knows this by heart. These three rules keep them from straying off the train tracks on their way to reading. With one-to-one instruction, it’s truly amazing how far struggling readers travel in just one year.
Their train conductors, Excel Reading Clinic Tutors, are people JUST LIKE YOU. All volunteers, whether new or experienced at teaching, receive training so that they are familiar with the learning process and effective methods of teaching remedial reading. Site coordinators like me are here to support tutors. We pre-test students under their teachers’ guidance, set up the materials, and oversee tutors during each two-hour clinic.
Budding readers meet with a dedicated tutor for one hour every week throughout the school year to learn sight words and phonics. Each achievement is another mile marker closer to being able to drive the train themselves. Not only is the student blessed but the tutor also comes away enriched. There’s no greater thrill than when your excited student beats you at Sight Word Bingo!
We need more tutors! If you or someone you know would like to help a student, climb aboard. If you’re retired, but tired of the “same old, same old” every day, a learning journey with a child might be just the thing. If you’re someone who enjoys kids and loves to see them excel, we’re looking for you!
Please contact our program director Rebecca Buckley (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further details and to sign up to start in the fall. You’ll be so glad you did!
Excel Reading Clinic Coordinator