Literacy Corps Tutoring
The Robinson Community Learning Center provides free after school literacy tutoring to low-income students in kindergarten through sixth grade. Tutoring is housed at many organizations and schools throughout Saint Joseph County. A well-trained volunteer corps provides individual literacy tutoring using a curriculum that aligns to the Indiana State Standards. Students are exposed to good literature and engaging writing opportunities, receiving academic support that challenges them towards excellence.
Our tutoring program has four areas of focus:
- Read Aloud: Reading aloud to children is one of the most formative activities that one can do. When tutors read aloud to students, we focus on building background, making predictions, analyzing setting and characters, and forming a habit of constructive reading. More than that, though, the read aloud portion of the tutoring day invites students to learn to love literature.
- Guided Reading: "The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." --Dr. Seuss. Reading is at the center of one's education; however, comprehending the content of a text is challenging for students who struggle to form words. The guided reading portion of the tutoring day is when tutors guide students to read on their own, helping them sound out words, build vocabulary, and retain the information that they read. After reading, a discussion follows, encouraging students to critically consider the content.
- Writing: Each tutoring day, students are challenged with engaging and pertinent writing prompts. These prompts are designed to be fun (like describing one's summer vacation) but with a point (like understanding how the location of one's summer vacation is an indispensable part of their writing). In this example, a discussion would follow about the importance of setting in literature.
- Vocabulary: Through using Dolch Site Words, students are invited to expand their vocabulary. Through this process, students learn how to how to sound out a challenging word, find it in a dictionary, memorize the definition, and use this word in a sentence.
Tutoring is currently offered in the South Bend and Mishawaka schools in partnership with Boys and Girls Club of St. Joseph County, at Robinson Community Learning Center, and at the Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture.
For more information or to volunteer, please contact Jennifer Wittenbrink Ortega: 574-631-9432.