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Reading Rocks! Wouldn’t you agree? I wanted to share my love for reading with children in the Niagara Region so I joined a program that, low and behold, is called Reading Rocks!
Taking place in Brock University, twice a week, for one hour, this program helps children experiencing reading difficulties practice and improve their literacy skills. I got involved with this program because (if you remember from a previous blog post) I am completing an Applied Research Project with the Learning Disabilities Association of the Niagara Region.

Yesterday was my first day volunteering for this program, and boy, was it fun! I met the child that I will be working with for the next 8 weeks and in addition to talking about reading, my Reading Rocks buddy and I got to know each other on a personal level. This is important because Reading Rocks really encourages motivation—motivation to collaborate with myself, the tutor, but also for the child to independently strive to reach his or her own potential. What I found really neat is that the tutors at Reading Rocks record the child’s achievement throughout the weeks with a chart showing his/her improvement. What was even cooler was that many of these tutors personalized these achievement charts to depict the interests of the child. What better way to make reading fun, right?

As a future teacher, I found it really difficult to find time during my school days to volunteer in a classroom because many of my own University courses ran in the daytime. So having the Reading Rocks program run in the evening made it possible for me to get back into working with kids. But Reading Rocks is not the only program that you can get involved in at Brock. So many programs run through Brock’s support, or even utilize their facilities (which makes it super convenient for us Brock students who are already on campus). I strongly encourage you to search for clubs and groups to join at Brock once you come here in September because us Badgers foster both sides of our brain! 🙂

Until next time!

Hana

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About Hana

Hey there! My name is Hana and I am a fourth year Child and Youth Studies major in the Primary/Junior level of the Concurrent Education program. In this final year of my undergraduate degree, I am embarking on exciting new journeys, like completing an Applied Research Project and readying myself for Teacher Education. I hope that through my blog posts I will be able to share some of my 'wisdom' with you young grasshoppers, and that you will be able to join me in this adventure. So read on, my friends!

One Response to Reading Rocks! at BrockU

  1. avatar Dave Watson says:

    I am an Educational Resource Teacher at St. Ann Catholic School in St. Catharines. How can I share information about your program with parents in our school community?

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