The purpose of the program is to use community-based volunteers to help close holes in students’ phonics knowledge so that they become stronger readers. The program will focus on students in 1st/2nd grade who are not making adequate progress on the BPST (Beginning Phonics Skills Test). Volunteers will work with students to target specific phonics deficiencies.
Currently, 54% of students in Yolo County do not read at grade level. Students that don’t read proficiently by the end of third grade are 4 times more likely to drop out of high school. High school drop outs are 8 times more likely to end up in jail or prison. Working with children on their reading and phonics skills early can improve the quality of their life for years to come.
Volunteers must be able to attend two 2-hour trainings, and commit to one hour per week in the classroom. Volunteers must also undergo LiveScan fingerprinting and provide a current TB test.
Volunteers will be provided with a total of 4 hours of training. There will be an initial 2-hour training and then 2 hours of subsequent follow-up training. The initial training will include: Child development expectations for the target age groups, activities to build relationship between the volunteer and the child, reading the BPST, activities to attack skill deficits. The follow-up training will include additional activities for skill deficits and will address specific concerns of volunteers.
Volunteers will be asked to come for 1 hour per session. They will work with 2 students for 25 minutes each during that time. That leaves them 10 minutes for transition in, between kids, and transition out. Each session will include:
1) Magnetic letter time (students building and decomposing words)
2) Reading small stories or books that target the missing phonics for the students
3) Writing words or sentences with the target phonics on a white board or composition book.
Interested in applying? Email Lori Ross, Executive Director
Woodland United Way at firstname.lastname@example.org or