Tutoring for Children

Read Together provides free, one-on-one tutoring for elementary-age children (6-14) who are below grade level in reading. At this time, we are offering this service in the greater Bath/Brunswick, and Wiscasset/Boothbay regions. We match children with trained tutors. The tutors meet with the students twice a week for an hour for a minimum of one year. We make sure the children have good, interesting books to read. We also hold fun family and tutoring gatherings periodically throughout the year and offer support to parents through individual conferences with the program director.

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Read Together is intended to help children who are struggling to learn to read and whose families cannot afford the typical cost of a private tutor. We serve children with a range of literacy needs and abilities. It is a simple process to enroll a child in the program. First, our program director conducts a preliminary reading assessment with the child and has the parent fill out an application and brief questionnaire about the child. The program director then identifies a  suitable tutor (lives in the same area, is interested in working with a child of that age, etc.) to be matched with the student. Next, the program dierctor, tutor, student, and parent(s) meet and go over the program agreements. Then the tutoring sessions begin!

Read Together is intended to be supplimental to home and school learning and is not tied to any set school curriculum or classroom reading program. The tutors base their tutoring sessions on the individual interests and skills of their students. A tutor might periodically work with a studfent on a specific school assignment, but the tutors are not expected nor required to do so.

In preparation to be Read Together tutors, our volunteers participate in a 13.5 hour training. Each tutor then individually tailors the sessions to the needs, abilities, learning style, and personal interests of his or her student. The sessions are meant to be structured yet flexible. The enjoyment of good, intesting books is of ultimate importance in the program. Over time, skills development of phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, comprehension, and fluency is also woven into the tutoring sessions. We have a well-stocked lending library, literacy games, audio books, and other materials for the tutors and students to use during their sessions and at home. 

Our aim is to help children become better readers and to feel better about reading. 

To get help for your child, call 443-6384 or send a message via the Contact Us button. 

To find out more about becoming a Read Together tutor, go to Volunteering in the Main Menu.