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December 17, 2015
Braylin takes a seat next to her tutor, Ms. Jones. Ms. Jones briefly goes over today's activity. "Today we're going to do some duet reading, " she says. "Braylin, can you tell me why we spend 20 minutes per day together?"
"So I can be a better reader," Braylin whispers, with a grin on her face.
And a better reader she has become!
Braylin and Ms. Jones have been reading together since the beginning of the school year through United Way of Larimer County's Colorado Reading Corps program. Colorado Reading Corps, funded through a state grant from Serve Colorado, is a nationally replicated model that utilizes AmeriCorps Members, like Ms. Jones, who aretrained in early intervention literacy strategiesto provide one-on-one tutoring to kindergarten through third grade students who are not reading at grade level.
Before entering the program, Braylin was only reading 23 nonsense words per minute, while proficiency is ranked with 36 words per minute. Nonsense words help young children learn the letters and their sounds in order to correctly pronounce words. After spending 20 minutes per day with her tutor, Ms. Jones, she can now read 67 words per minute (almost double the proficiency level!), and she will soon successfully exit the program.
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