The students in our Penndco Literacy Master Map Program benefit from the support of both volunteers and their dedicated parents’ enthusiasm along with the expertise of their instructor. Our weekly lessons are enthusiastic and meaningful.
Each holiday has been an opportunity to spell and illustrate in order to improve penmanship while practicing phonics and gathering new vocabulary. Our winter holiday wreath was festooned with the names of our most precious gifts: our students. And, for Valentine’s Day the sweetest treats were new words.
Each student has a literary journal in which new words are illustrated. It’s so wonderful to watch them turn the pages of their personal book and read their own words illustrated by their own drawings.
The most important way to advance a skill is to practice it. Our students practice reading aloud and gain confidence in how to embrace new vocabulary rather than shun it.
Our students feel supported and safe in our friendly, well-organized and managed space. At last, they now feel completely willing to ask Ms. Claire, their teacher, “How to spell” something. The reticence of Autumn is gone. They bravely ask questions. They know that they won’t be shamed. They know that their teacher understands that they’re brilliant and determined. They are hungry to learn. Their teacher is honored to serve them. How rewarding when a student says, “Help me, please.”
On a personal note, their reading specialist, Claire Green, says that she looks forward to her weekly gathering with our Penndco Literacy Master Map Program readers. They are each dear to her and she constantly says how impressed she is with each one of them and their remarkable families.
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