Grade school kids improve reading skills at CSU's West Center

Students and teachers in CSU's summer reading and tutoring program meet for one last photo.

The patter of little feet could be heard throughout Cleveland State University’s West Center this summer as grade school children from the area participated in a six-week tutoring and summer reading program. The program is part of the “Literature-Based Reading Methods for Children” course for Undergraduate and Graduate students through CSU’s College of Education. 

Each of the 12 participants was assigned either an undergraduate or graduate student who mentored and coached them throughout the entire six weeks. Professor Patrice Dusenbury said, “Students were assessed for reading levels. The CSU students then did lesson plans to strengthen reading strategies and skills for reading comprehension and writing.”

Four newsletters were written to the parents for home/school communication which included an introduction of the graduate and undergraduate students to the parents, hints on improving home reading skills, recommended summer reading books and a reminder to parents that reading to their children 10 to 15 minutes a day helps improve and strengthen reading skills. Children were also given the summer reading lists by grade level. The books were recommended as part of the county and municipal libraries' "Summer Reading Club."

“It was a wonderful summer learning experience for everyone involved,” said Professor Dusenbury.

If parents would like to participate in the on-going program for next summer, they can contact Amy Justice at the Center for Community Learning Center for Children and Youth at the Cleveland State University College of Education at 216-687-4621.

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Volume 2, Issue 18, Posted 2:50 PM, 09.01.2010