Information For Parents on Our Afterschool Program
Read Better Be Better is about helping students gain the ability to read without struggle and truly understand what they have read. We are so glad to have your child in our sessions, and here is some more detail about our program.
READING LEARNERS: Our Third Graders
3rd grade is the last year students are taught how to read in school. After this, they are expected to use this skill to study and absorb other subjects for the rest of their educational career. This means that if a student does not master their literacy skills by the end of 3rd grade, school only gets harder. In this critical year, it is extremely important that your child receives the support they need to reach their full potential.
Your child’s school has partnered with Read Better Be Better (RBBB) to ensure they receive the time and attention they need to improve their literacy skills and become better learners.
Specifically, RBBB focuses on helping your student:
- Improve concentration
- Cultivate an active enjoyment in reading
- Develop a deeper understanding of what is being read.
How It Works
To do this, we’ll pair your 3rd grader with a 6th, 7th, or 8th grader who has volunteered their time to help your child master these skills.
3rd graders in RBBB have the opportunity to work one-on-one with their Reading Leader twice a week after school. Together, they will work through our reading comprehension curriculum followed by fun group activities that help improve focus and concentration.
RBBB uses these components and positive reinforcement to help your student be the best they can be. Their Reading Leader is trained to model comprehension strategies, give specific feedback and goals to your child, and help them move forward in school with a passion for reading.
The relationship between Reading Leader and Reading Learner is unique, positive and powerful. It is our hope that in just a few weeks, you will notice the impact of RBBB in your child’s life both in the classroom and at home.
How you can help: encourage your child to share what they have learned. Take your child to your local library to check out some new books! Contact RBBB with questions, concerns, or to share success stories. We want to hear from you!
READING LEADER: Our 6-8th Graders
Arizona is experiencing a literacy crisis. 3rd grade is the last year students are taught how to read in school. After this, they are expected to use this skill to master other subjects for the rest of their academic career.
However, only 44% of 3rd graders in Arizona read at grade level and only 31% of economically-disadvantaged 3rd graders scored proficient on the 3rd grade English Language Arts portion of AzMERIT. Not reading on grade level makes these kids four times less likely to graduate from high school. Your middle-schooler knows this, and has been offered the opportunity to be part of a simple, but effective, solution to this complex problem.
Your child’s school has partnered with Read Better Be Better (RBBB) to help 3rd graders improve their literacy skills and become better learners. To do this, we will pair a struggling 3rd grade reader with your middle school student, who becomes their Reading Leader. Together, they will work through our reading comprehension curriculum followed by fun group activities that help improve focus and concentration.
Reading Leaders are trained and empowered to model comprehension strategies, give specific feedback and set goals for their Reading Learner, helping them move forward in school with a passion for reading. The relationship between Reading Leader and Reading Learner is unique, positive, and powerful.
Our Reading Leaders Are Everything
Reading Leaders are the backbone of RBBB programming, which is why they become heroes when they make the choice to volunteer their time after school twice a week. Your student’s 3rd grade partner needs their help to reach their full potential.
In helping their partner, Reading Leaders also gain valuable academic and life skills, helping them reach their full potential as well. Reading Leaders are encouraged to take ownership of their partnership with their Reading Learner and gain an understanding of social responsibility, learning first-hand how their choices affect the people in their community.
RBBB helps middle-schoolers gain confidence in the classroom as well as with peers as they realize just how much they can impact a young life. Your student will also receive a certificate with the number of volunteer hours they logged in their time with RBBB, and have an opportunity to request a personalized recommendation letter to help them prepare for their future.
How you can help: ensure your student attends RBBB consistently, and encourage them to share what they have learned at home with younger siblings or relatives. Contact RBBB with questions, concerns, or to share success stories. We want to hear from you!