About Strong Start to reading™
Strong Start® Charitable Organization offers a literacy program called Letters, Sounds
and Words™, which has been specifically designed to help young children who need
extra practice when learning essential early reading skills. To learn more about Strong
Start, please visit their website.
The Letters, Sound and Words program at our school
Strong Start’s Letters, Sounds and Words program is a fun and engaging way for
community members to help young children acquire the essential literacy skills they
need to be confident and successful learners. This 10-week program targets children in
Senior Kindergarten, Grades 1 and 2 who are lagging behind in their early reading skills.
Children are matched with trained community volunteers who come into our school to
work one-on-one with them, playing carefully designed games and activities. The
program is designed in 4 strands to help children learn the names of letters, a sound
each letter represents, how to recognize words by sight and how to build a word using
the sounds of its letters. Classroom teachers select which children would most benefit
from this program, as well as the strands in which they should be enrolled.
How you can get involved at Strong Start at our school
You can make a difference! Volunteer and help a young child learn to read at our
school. Contact our school’s Strong Start Site Co-ordinator to get involved.
As a Strong Start volunteer, you will:
- Attend two, 2-hour training sessions
- Work one-on-one with a child in SK, Grade 1 or 2 in our school
- Play games to develop the child’s literacy skills (all games and materials are
- Make a minimum time commitment of 30 minutes/week for 10 weeks
“It’s so exciting to see a child start on that path of identifying letters and sounds…it’s
amazing to watch. I would highly recommend this program for anyone who wants to
volunteer.” – Bethany Jakob, Volunteer Coach
To learn more about the Strong Start’s Letters, Sounds and Words program and
register for training, please click here.