One-to-One Reading is a program that sends volunteer tutors into elementary schools to work with students on their reading. Selected students for the program are those characterized as “falling through the cracks”,who lack confidence, or who are reluctant readers. Each student spends approximately 30 minutes two to four times a week over a 12-week period.
The first One to One reading program began in Vancouver in 1989, and has expanded to operate through local literacy societies in over twenty communities throughout British Columbia. One to One provides children with an opportunity to practice their reading in an environment where it is okay to take risks, make mistakes, and learn at their own pace.
The One to One children’s literacy program is entering its fourth year of operation this fall. The Salt Spring Literacy Society successfully piloted the first One to One program at Fulford School during the 2014/2015 school year and expanded the program to Fernwood, Salt Spring, and Phoenix Elementary schools the following year.
The program runs in the fall and again in the spring. This sustained practice helps see students gain confidence and skills, including fluency and comprehension. We are excited to provide literacy support at this critical level. Salt Spring Literacy provides all the tutors with materials, training and on going support. Interested volunteers can phone, stop by the Literacy office at 125 Rainbow Road or email our One to One Program coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org