Reading Club Training Materials
Last updated Friday, August 2, 2013
|Volunteer Training Materials|
The success of Reading to Kids depends on the
teamwork of volunteers and educators who work together to run the monthly reading
clubs, and it also depends on the partnership between educators and parents in
nurturing a home environment in which reading is strongly encouraged.
For this reason, volunteer and parent training workshops are vital
components of the monthly reading clubs. Materials used in these workshops
will be posted here in the future.
First-time volunteers attend training sessions led by a teacher or
administrator at each school on the morning of the reading clubs. The
training session introduces volunteers to the reading club format and
provides insight into the expected abilities of the students to whom they
will be reading. Concepts, such as "learning to read versus reading to learn,"
and tips on maintaining interest and discipline in the classroom are
generally discussed, and volunteers are also given ideas on how to
encourage interaction and conversation with the students.
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When a qualified educator is available at each school, reading
training sessions are also conducted for the parents. These one-hour
sessions are generally conducted in a workshop or seminar fashion,
and parents are ultimately shown or given tips on how to be
good readers to their children at home, how to encourage their
children to read, and how reading aloud can be beneficial to their
All parents waiting for their children are encouraged to participate
in these training sessions. A complimentary breakfast is provided to all
participating parents, and prizes are sometimes awarded as well.