At the RCLC, tutoring is offered four days per week, for one hour each day, for an average of 60 students in Grades 1–12, each semester. The RCLC Tutoring Program offers a balanced approach to reading instruction, which consists of six key areas that are used to improve literacy. Additionally, students can be paired one-on-one with a college student or an adult ND staff member to receive assistance with homework and to develop areas of academic weakness. Tutors typically work with the same student two days per week, through at least one semester, if not more. This encourages tutors to appreciate and support the particular learning styles and educational needs presented by the child, and gives each child the consistent presence of a mentor they see on a regular basis. Please check Events for information regarding sign-up opportunities for children. If you would like to tutor, please visit Get Involved for instructions.
Reading Aloud for Literacy Skills
Reading aloud to students helps them develop and improve in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. To be literate, students must be able to demonstrate a broad range of knowledge. Core knowledge is built into our tutoring sessions through selection of appropriate reading materials.
The purpose of guided reading is to enable students to develop phonological awareness, fluency, comprehension, vocabulary, and decoding skills.
Research tells us that the more students engage in reading and writing over time, the more likely it is that their achievement and advancement in reading will occur. It is our goal to encourage our students to write, using journal entries, sentence dictation, and student-generated topics to enhance their writing skills.
The latest studies reveal that listening is a very large part of school learning and is one of our primary means of interacting with others. Our goal is to model good listening behavior and to introduce our students to a variety of activities that help them to become more active learners.
Thinking skills instructional programs have been shown to bring about improvements in student performance on intelligence and achievement tests. We believe that the development of critical thinking skills offers the opportunity to problem solve and make good decisions. We at the RCLC firmly believe that we can improve the quality of our students’ thinking by asking useful and intelligent questions that teach our children how to think, rather than what to think.
From a Parent’s Perspective
In an anonymous survey, parents were asked if the program achieved the outcome they expected. One hundred percent replied, “yes.” Here are a few of their comments:
- The program helped my children achieve their goals and expanded my children’s understanding of cultural differences. It exposed them to the possibility of going to college one day.
- My children always had their homework done and my son’s reading and writing skills increased immensely.
- I expected my child to learn better study techniques from his tutor, and he did.
- This program has by far exceeded my expectations. I’m extremely pleased with Velshonna Luckey and her staff in making every effort to help our children strive for excellence. My children loved everything about the Robinson Center!
- I’ve seen big improvements in my child’s grades. She was struggling with Algebra, but now she is getting A’s and B’s. Her reading grades have also improved.
- Tutoring helped bring my son’s grades up, and he made honor roll. The structure and safe environment gave me peace of mind. He is also reading more.
If you would like more information on our Reading Program, call us at 631-8759.