KRR - Creating A Pathway To Literacy For Every Child

Create: 06/14/2018 - 04:42

The mission of KANSAS READING ROADMAP is to create a pathway to literacy for every child.

From kindergarten through third grade, children are learning to read. By fourth grade, children are reading to learn. KRR uses a skills-based system to help students learn the "Big 5" essential reading skills: Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Fluency, Vocabulary, and Comprehension. KRR supports students during their school day and provides additional out-of-school learning opportunities.

IN-SCHOOL
KRR is implemented during school through the Kansas Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports (MTSS). This approach helps to identify why a student is struggling in reading, and allows teachers to provide instruction to best meet each student's individual need.

OUT-OF-SCHOOL
AFTERSCHOOL - In literacy sessions, students improve their reading skills through stories, songs, poems and reading activities in a fun learning environment. Children also receive a healthy snack and stay active in the Healthy Kids session.

SUMMER - While still maintaining a strong literacy focus, students also gain skills in science, technology, computer coding, robotics, engineering, and mathematics. The four-week summer camp environment gives students the opportunity to learn and gain new friends with team building, community service, fun days, and field trips.

Specific components of the SUMMER program includes "Structured Read-Aloud" & "Vocabulary", individual skill reinforcement or independent reading. Also "Healthy Kids". Additionally, students attend Math Instruction and Math Enhancement sessions. Community Service projects help the children learn they can make a positive difference in their community and the world. These projects help to unify our children together to work toward a common goal and provide a shared purpose and vision for helping people in the local community. Service projects include clean-up, restoration and beautification, assisting the elderly, recycling, community and safety education, helping the sick or disabled.

According to the U.S. Department of Education, the United States has developed as a global leader, in large part, through the genius and hard work of its scientists, engineers, and innovators. In a world that's becoming increasingly complex, where success is driven not only by what you know, but by what you can do with what you know. It's more important than ever for our youth to be equipped with the knowledge and skills to solve tough problems, gather and evaluate evidence, and make sense of information. These are the type of skills that students learn by studying science, technology, engineering, and math, subjects collectively known as STEM.

There are fun days and field trips during the summer program. Last week the participants went to Tanganyika Wildlife Park in Wichita. Other field trips planned include a private swimming party for the entire group at the YMCA in Wichita, a trip to THE ALLEY in Wichita for bowling and go carts, a movie and also a magician will be paying the group a visit soon. Summer Program participants also have opportunities to win prizes each week for good attendance. "2" Bicycles will be given away at the end as well!!

FAMILY NIGHTS (LIFE - Literacy Integrated Family Engagement) - During this eight-session program, families enjoy a meal together and spend time with their children talking, reading, and playing games. LIFE team members supervise children during a portion of each night, allowing time for parents to talk and share with other families. Many families develop friendships during LIFE which last long after the program ends.

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If you have questions about any aspect of the Kansas Reading Roadmap program, please contact Dr. Amy O'Connor @ aoconnor@usd353.com or at USD353 Central Office, 221 S. Washington, Wellington, KS 67152

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Steve graduated from Wellington High School in 1974 and then Wichita State University (with honors) in 1979 with a B.S. Degree in Administration of Justice; his minor was in Sociology. Steve has held several positions ranging from Juvenile Court Service Officer, to District Manager in Circulation at the Wichita Eagle, Q.A. Planner at Boeing, Caregiver, Psychiatric Technician, Limo Driver, Ranch Hand, Photographer, Webmaster and Website Developer and a die hard Crusader Fan since the early 1960's. Contact the ole boy at shs74@wellington.cc or on Facebook or at any Crusader and/or Knight event year-round.