Killingly, CT -a rural community with multiple program sites
In its seventh year with READy for the Grade, Killingly Public Library served as the lead partner and collaborated with Killingly public schools, the Village at Killingly, Friends of the Library, and the Caleb Foundation.
Killingly operated at 2 sites: a library and a housing development (Village at Killingly).
Each site held 7 weeks of programming, with the library site offering 3 hours of instruction per week (21 hours total) and the village site offering 4 hours per week (28 hours total).
The library site offered 6 hours of reading sessions with families. The residential site held no family events but invited parents to the library Star Lab.
The total average hours attended was 14.9 per student.
After dinner, provided by READy for the Grade, children meet at the carpet in the center of the room to hear a story and have a cookie. The book, Grandpa takes me to the Moon (by Timothy Gaffney), is a fitting addition to their astronomically-themed evening. The instructors remind the children that the previous Saturday was the anniversary of the original moon walk and then they ask the children questions about the story and the moon landing event. After the whole-group reading, the children engage in small group activities.
In group 1, children read from a book with “finger tips” (fake appendages they slip over their real fingers to help them stay focused on the words). Each child takes a turn reading aloud to all the other children and each receives some phonetics reminders as needed from the instructor.
In group 2, students talk about the moon and help the instructor create a venn diagram of words that describe the characteristics that distinguish the moon from the earth.
In group 3, the children learn about Neptune. After watching a video, they read questions out loud and fill in answers on a worksheet.
The children in Group 4 practice sight/high-frequency words. They also talk about asteroids and play a game involving words and tin foil asteroids.
Group 5 reads new vocabulary words then reads a book together. Each child reads a page with the teacher’s help. They discuss similarities between the experiences the protagonist is having and those they have had in their lives.
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