Literacy Programs Will Change Your Life
"Reading should not be presented as a chore or a duty. It should be offered as a gift." Kate DiCamillo
We help learners who are struggling with reading, beginning in 4th grade - adult.
Why is reading so difficult for my child?
For 1 in 5 children, learning to read can be a more difficult process. There are many skills necessary that students need to learn to become strong readers. Beginning in fourth grade, students must be reading fluently and accurately to keep up in school, but some need more support. Intervention isn't readily available for many students who are struggling, yet research shows that quality intervention is needed so students can reach their full potential.
What can we do to help?
At the CLC, we know that good readers have a strong foundation of how letters and their sounds build into syllables and words, which then create sentences. We focus on building up the foundations of reading using a structured literacy reading intervention, based on the body of research in the Science of Reading.
We use materials based on the Orton-Gillingham method to master the basics of reading in a 1:1 setting. We know that when a student has a solid foundation, the other areas of reading - spelling, fluency, and comprehension - become easier. We begin with the beginning and let students move forward at their own pace. We work toward mastery, not grades.
We also work with caregivers and parents to bring literacy support home with phonics kits and online work to use the tools learned with us. We offer the adults an orientation on the process so they can work with their student at home, as well.
How do we get started?
When you register, we will contact you to set up an appointment. At that time, we will review the paperwork and complete an assessment. That assessment will take up to an hour or as little as a few minutes, depending upon the student's current skills.
After the assessment, we will offer recommendations and create a plan to meet an individual student's needs. We know family support is an essential piece and will provide education so YOU will feel comfortable helping your child progress and grow in their reading skills!
How much does tutoring cost?
The initial intake and assessment are $26. The assessment is not a screening or a diagnosis for a learning disability; it is simply a measurement of current reading skills so we can determine what strengths and weaknesses a student has, where to begin, and how we will measure improvement.
Ongoing reading intervention tutoring is offered on a sliding scale. The Collierville Literacy Council is a 501c(3) non-profit agency, and the fee per session helps us purchase materials and train and pay teachers. However, we won't turn any students away because of an inability to pay. Scholarship opportunities are available.