Mentoring program for kids to help kids with the alphabet & more!
If you are a reading specialist, staff developer, literacy coach, or a classroom teacher of pre-k or kindergarten, then this is the product for you!
Research shows that if kids are not reading on grade level by third grade they will have a difficult time ever catching up. Therefore, it is critical to start with our youngest kids by helping them to acquire and become proficient with foundational skills.
This program is designed to give teachers of pre-k and kindergarten the extra help of trained mentors. These Mentors can be older children in the school, parent volunteers, paraeducators, or classroom aides.
I have trained fifth-grade students with much success helping beginning readers acquire those skills through letter sound recognition, sight words, and being able to write their name and know the letters in their name. This product contains almost everything you need to implement a year-long mentoring program that becomes a mutually beneficial relationship for not only the students involved but for the teachers as well.
This product is divided into multiple parts;
Data collection and analysis of who needs extra support
Training course for would-be mentors
Activities for letter recognition, letter/sound recognition, sight words, and phonemic awareness and so much more.
The activities are easy for older kids to use with younger kids
This product is for one classroom license but schools can purchase multiple licenses depending on how many classrooms intend to implement the program.
Here is how to do it:
Classroom teachers assess all their students at the beginning of the year, using letter/sound and sight word assessment that is included here. Also, included in this product is an editable Excel spreadsheet that enables the teacher to see at a glance where the needs are. The data collection sheet is conditionally formatted so that when a “1” is given for a correct answer, the cell is yellow. If a 0 is entered then the cell will stay red. Data will tell you who is on track and who needs support. Data is also collected three times a year; September, January, and May. Great to use in data meetings and with the administration.
Communication form #1 is designed for the neediest child, the one who knows and can recognize less than 10 letters of the alphabet. The activities included at this level are geared to knowing the letters in his/her name, matching letters to an alphabet chart, and working on concepts of print. You supply an envelope and a sentence strip, and if you choose, magnetic letters. However, I have included letter cards you can use as well Included is an editable name intervention which I have used myself and can attest to its effectiveness. The concept of print coaching card is included for mentors to reference.
Communication form #2 is the next level up, students who need help with letter recognition and sound id. The form is split into two parts; letter id activities and letter sound activities.; Ten games for letter recognition and 11 for letter/sound identification. There are also three rhyming boards to work on phonemic awareness. Included in all forms is re-reading books you have taught in a small group. Mentors are equipped with a Pause, Prompt, and Praise card.
Communication form #3 is for students who are working on sight words and phonemic awareness. through rhyming card games, and of course, re-reading books you have taught. As part of the mentor training program, student mentors will learn how to use all the games and the communication forms.
As part of this product, I have created a timeline for implementation, as well as an application and permission slips for would-be mentors. Mentors need to agree to expectations (included) and sign an agreement (included) as part of their job. They will also attend six training sessions. I have developed a training plan that includes outcomes for each session, a list of materials, and even what to demonstrate. At the conclusion of training, mentors are given their photo id badge with a schedule (optional but kids LOVE it) and then are ready to start. Mentors can request a specific teacher to work with but this is also optional. Badges and schedules are editable so you can add their photo and their schedule. There is also a reflection for the mentors to use at the half-way point, usually December/January and then at the end of the year.
In order to effectively implement, you will need to assemble the activities and create mentoring baskets for each classroom involved. Most materials are included here but a list of what else is needed can be gathered and I have provided links in this product. Mentoring is divided into three types of mentees:
-children who know less than 10 letters
-children who know more than 10 letters and are beginning readers(early emergent)
-children who are emergent readers and know most letter/sounds
I have created three different communication forms that the teacher will use to communicate what activities the mentor will use each time s/he comes. I have also developed a tracking sheet so that the classroom teacher can keep track of each activity the mentor has used over time.
I have also created labels for every activity that include directions, as well as prompting guides, the concept of print guides, and how to teach a sight word guide. All of which will be taught in their training course.
At the end of the year, we celebrate and included here are six different editable awards.
After you have put together all the games and stored them in mailing envelopes (I like the white ones) you can add a label. Labels are included in this product as well. Use Avery #8164-six to a sheet.
I would then get a basket and house all of the games and keep a clipboard with the communication form you will be using. This way mentors come in, check the form, and get to work with your student.
You can create a binder to house all the data, forms, and originals. I have made dividers and editable cover to keep it all organized for you.
To recap, here is what is included:
baseline data collection; student and teacher forms to assess for the letter, sound, and sight words
Excel spreadsheet for entering data
Excel spreadsheet for tracking activities used by mentors
binder cover (editable)/dividers
training plan for training mentors
three different communication forms
application/permission slips for mentors
teacher request forms
editable mentor badges
editable mentor schedule
reflection form to use midway through the year
editable teacher schedule (so you will know who is coming when and working with who)
3 different alphabet charts for three different alphabet activities
letter tiles for games
alphabet tracing book and directions
pause, prompt, and praise card
concepts of print card
How to teach a sight word and letter cards for sight words
labels for all games and mentor in training label for two pocket folder
Timeline for implementation
Training plan for mentors- 6-day plan
Games:, directions, pieces to assemble:
Alphabet Spin-matching upper and lower case letters (6 sets)
Memory match-upper and lower case letter
Beginning Sound game-letter/sound
Say, Write, Build (sight words)
Rhyming boards (3)
Rhyming Wise Old Man card game
Rhyming Go Fish
Mentor Awards for end of the year (editable)
Once assembled, this program is good for many years!!!
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