Assessment, Attention and Adventure
Apple Ridge Farm extends its programs throughout the school year with The Reading Adventure Program (RAP), providing opportunities after school for selected elementary schools to improve their students reading performance. Tutored individually, students are coached in oral reading, word knowledge, alphabetic and phonetic awareness. The overall goals of RAP include advancing the reading skills of the children involved as well helping the parents assist the children at home with reading.
Students attend tutoring sessions twice a week for two hours. They meet with their reading teacher for one-on-one tutoring and receive homework assistance from the assistant teacher. Students work individually and in groups, and they are expected to demonstrate respect for their teachers, parents, selves and peers.
In order to be enrolled in the program, parents and students must:
- Complete an application
- Provide a teacher referral
- Sign contracts that detail expectations
- Parents are asked to commit to supporting the program through two hours of volunteer work each month. Volunteer opportunities center around developing family literacy and supporting students in their education. For example, a parent might attend PTA meetings, create materials for the Reading Adventure Program, or take a class to further his or her education in order to satisfy volunteer requirements.