Port Townsend Literacy

For Kindergarten Students Since 2006

The major component of our Literacy Program is the individual tutoring of children who are identified as having fewer literacy skills than expected. Children identified for the tutoring program may need help in any of the following areas: Concepts of Print, Phonemic Awareness (rhyming, blending, segmenting), Letter Identification, Letter-Sound Association (phonics), and Sight Words. Students are also assessed using the Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA) to see how well they use all the above skills to read and comprehend.

Volunteers work one-on-one with children to help them reach their identified learning goals and bring them up to par with their peers. UWF funds are used to purchase necessary materials, games, and books to teach children what they need to learn. In addition, tutors are provided with a manual specifically developed for the Literacy Program. The manual gives examples of how to teach all the skills and correlates available materials so tutors can tailor the tutoring session to meet each child’s needs.

Contact us to become a tutor: Tutors work mornings or afternoons. Most tutors work with two students each day in back-to-back 30-minute sessions. Both regular tutors and substitute tutors are needed throughout the school year. By participating as tutors in the Literacy Program, volunteers help struggling children increase their literacy skills and gain confidence as learners.