Information for Parents

The Reading and Writing Development Center at Kent State University offers services to children, grades 2-12, who are experiencing difficulty in reading. Our tutors and diagnosticians are teachers who are pursuing extra coursework to have reading added to their teaching credentials.  In addition to general education students, our tutors and diagnosticians are prepared to provide service for children and youth with mild/moderate disabilities.

Testing:

During the academic year, children are tested in an effort to find out why they're having problems in reading. Testing sessions are followed up with a reporting letter to parents indicating what tests were used, why those particular tests were selected, how the child scored, and what those test scores mean. Written recommendations, based on test scores, are given for the home and school. After viewing the report, parents may request that a copy be sent to the child's teacher.

Testing takes place on one Saturday each semester. Cost is $50.00. Fee reductions may be made in cases of extreme financial difficulty.

Tutoring:

During the summer, the Center has a 5-week tutoring program in reading. Children are tutored 4 days per week (Monday through Thursday) about 1 1/2 hours per day. Tutoring is done on a 2 to 1 basis - 1 tutor for 2 children of the same age / grade. At the end of the program, parents receive a reporting letter indicating their child's progress.

Cost of the tutoring program is $100.00. Fee reductions may be made in cases of extreme financial difficulty.

Government Focused Links on Learning and Literacy:

  • The Ohio Literacy Resource Center takes an extensive and thorough look at many literacy issues. The OLRC started as the result of the 1991 National Literacy Act.
  • The SAS Institute explains the need for greater literacy rates in the U.S. and offers software for those who are interested. Multilanguage learners will find this site helpful.
  • The designers and webmasters of Library Instruction focus on the role of libraries and literacy acquisition.
  • Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction details how the government in their state helps aide in the schools pursuit of literacy for all children.
  • The government of Newfoundland details its Adult Literacy program.
  • Eric Digest gives readers, specifically librarians, some guidance on culturally diverse literacy programs

International Reading Association (IRA) and Literacy:

Websites:

  • The Reading Is Fundamental website offers several tips and suggestions to help encourage your kids to read.
  • Preschool Rainbow offers educational activities, especially reading, that parents and children can go through together.
  • Under the idea to put reading first, the National Institute for Literacy offers numerous strategies to teach reading.
  • This PBS parents site instructs parents on how to setup their home and schedule to foster best practice reading strategies.
  • Education Week - A dozen reading activities to promote reading and learning.
  • Florida Center for Reading Research - Tips and activities to encourage young readers.
  • The Ohio State University Reading Skills - An article that discusses the parent's role in helping the child develop reading skills.
  • National Education Association discusses getting involved in your child's education, specifically concentrating on reading aloud.
  • Reading Rockets addresses itself toward many different audiences: parents, teachers, and all educators who deal with struggling readers.
  • This article from the Book Nuts Reading Club helps parents find appropriate texts for their young readers.
  • ASPIRA offers specific reading activities for parents. More uniquely, however, the site also offers Spanish speaking links and resources. This overseas site also focuses on reading disabilities.
  • The Public Libraries of British Columbia offer spectacular resource for exploring reading activities with your child. This Summer Reading site offers activities for year round reading.
  • Taking the stance that most parents are not trained teachers, this site from All I Need helps explain that parents do not have to be trained to teach reading.

Getting Started:

Parents interested in having their child tested or tutored in reading should contact Sherry Ernsberger at the Center sernsber@.kent.edu or (330) 672-2836.

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