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Kindergarten Reading support with iRead*iCount
If we told you that you personally could help change the worlds of four children in our community in just 11 hours, would you do it?
iRead-iCount is seeking volunteers to give one hour a week for the next 11 weeks to help our kids master the basics -- so that by 4th grade, they are reading to learn. In that one hour with the students, using a specific curriculum (that you will be trained to use), which may seem very basic to you, will be world changing to a child once he or she has mastered it.
With all the good things that happen in our schools, the 2018 Illinois State Report Card still marks Champaign Unit 4 schools with only 32 percent of the 3rd graders meeting or exceeding the standardized reading tests. Unit 4 teachers and district personnel are doing everything they can to change this. But unfortunately, they simply do not have the capacity to tackle this alone. As a community, we need to help build that capacity. We need people who are willing to step in and help students in our community to become proficient readers. We, the community, need to be the human resources in the classroom.
Students who are reading 20 minutes a day (or being read to) will hear 1.8 million words a year. They will score in the 90th percentile on standardized tests. Up until third grade, students are learning to read. From 4th grade on, they are reading to learn.