If you are a parent of a child in the Reading Seed program, here are a few things you need to know:
- Reading Seed works with several schools throughout Tucson. Schools apply to be a part of the Reading Seed program and teachers select the students who will participate. Reading Seed staff then matches these students with a trained volunteer called a Reading Seed coach.
- Your child meets regularly and individually with a Reading Seed coach who helps your child with reading skills and introducing them to great books.
- GOAL: The volunteer’s main goal is the inspire a love of reading in every student they serve.
- FREE BOOKS: Every week, your child will receive one or two free books to take home to his/her personal library. These books are picked by coaches specifically for your child who then gets to choose which one he/she wants to take home. Your child could potentially end the school year with close to 50 books that he/she has shown interest in reading.
- WRITING AND GAMES: Sometimes, coaches play reading-based games with students to bring an element of fun into their sessions. Each child also has their own writing journal to record any thoughts about the books being read.
- At the end of the school year, every child receives a certificate for participating in the program. Coaches also guide students through a Reading Seed game board that encourages reading outside of school. Students who complete this game board (which usually means they have read at least 20 hours outside of school) will also receive a medallion at the end of the year!
How can you support your Reading Seed student? Talk about the books that your child brings home and ask them why they chose that particular one. Encourage reading outside of the classroom on a regular basis.
Questions? If you have any questions about how the Reading Seed program works, please call our office at (520) 882-8006 and ask to speak with a Reading Seed staff member.
Reading Help: If you are a parent of a child who needs support in reading but Reading Seed is not a program at your school, you can contact the Pima County Library system to learn about homework help and other programs that are offered on a regular basis. In order for a school to become part of the Reading Seed program, the principal must apply at the end of each school year.
Workshops for Parents
Reading Seed regularly hosts foundations training and ongoing professional development workshops for our volunteers. Parents are invited to attend any of our workshops to learn more about the reading process, strategies to use with their child related to developing reading skills, or ways to encourage comprehension through reading together. There is a training fee that differs with each type of training we provide. Call the Volunteer Manager and Trainer at 520-882-8006 ext. 291 or email her at JDennes@literacyconnects.org to ask about upcoming workshops that might be useful for you.