West Haven, CT – a site on the outskirts of an urban community
2019 was the fourth year West Haven Public Library participated in READy for the Grade, taking the lead role and partnering with four elementary schools and the West Haven Board of Education.
West Haven offered 30 hours of programming over a period of 6 weeks.
Small groups met twice a week.
One-on-one tutoring sessions occurred once a week.
1-hour literacy lunches for families occurred weekly.
The total number of hours attended was, on average, 17.4.
Literacy Lunch occurs after one-on-one tutoring sessions. In addition to providing a meal to each family member, the lunch hour gives family members the chance to ask their children about their tutoring session and to look at books together.
After a few minutes of eating, the Children’s Librarian joins the group and asks for all the students to come to the front of the room so she can read them a story.
The librarian hands each child a “Magic Bag,” and distributes some Magic Bags to parents with younger children who are sitting behind the rows of students. Each Magic Bag has a collection of little pictures that will be used during the reading. The librarian introduces the book, Armadillo Rodeo, by Jan Brecht, and tells the families that their children are working on listening to details in a story and on story re-telling.
As she reads the story, she stops occasionally to ask the children to check their bags for different pictures that illustrate important events in the story. This allows her to check comprehension and attention to detail and also to make important references to other important literacy skills
For details, download the independent evaluation of READy for the Grade.
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