Every educator would agree that more teaching and learning time would be a huge advantage to their students. Extending learning beyond the classroom could be the push a struggling reader needs to succeed. Important skills like literacy are further developed and reinforced when a child can continue working on their instructional path after they leave school.
Having the opportunity to work on various exercises, explore activities, and read or reread books are just a few examples of how learning can continue long after the school day ends.
Offering support to families in the community is a great way to bolster support for extending learning beyond the typical school day. Oak Grove Elementary School in Florida started doing this by connecting with students’ parents and working with local libraries to set up instructional time for extra practice. Providing parents access to educational resources in their homes and around the community accelerated literacy growth.
“I have seen a shift in the enthusiasm of some of our most struggling readers,” said Oak Grove principal, Cynthia Thro. “I’ve seen a shift in the ideas of our parents and what they expect from their kids, and what they know about reading, and what their kids are doing.”
Discover how Oak Grove met families where they were and created a strong culture of reading in the community by supporting learning outside of school. Click below to download the full story.