Brunswick R.O.C.K.S. Again—Jump Into Reading on September 25th!
Brunswick, OH—Project: LEARN and Medina County District Library present Jump Into Reading on Thursday, September 25th from 6pm-8pm at Brunswick Library!
For the fourth year, Project: LEARN partnered with the Brunswick Library and staff from Brunswick City Schools to offer Brunswick R.O.C.K.S. to families with children who entered kindergarten this fall. R.O.C.K.S. stands for Reading Opportunities Create Kindergarten Success. Funded primarily through United Way of Medina County, the program demonstrated simple, fun activities families can do together at home so children will be better prepared for going to kindergarten.
Our final program event on September 25th is open to all Brunswick families who have children in Kindergarten through grade 2, and will feature many frog-related fiction and non-fiction books, activities, games, puppet theater, prizes, and a very special presentation on frogs from the Medina County Park District. Parents should bring their smartphones or cameras to take advantage of a photo opportunity with the Library’s mascot Freddie the Frog!
This year’s summer Brunswick R.O.C.K.S. program featured three evening sessions. Sessions focused on areas like letter identification, sight words, learning to rhyme, understanding and discussing stories, and pre-writing activities. Many dedicated volunteers, lead by former Brunswick Schools principal Judy Galo and current Brunswick kindergarten teacher Katie Lehky, assisted with the activities.
Participating families received free take-home materials, such as quality books, music CDs, activity instructions, and magnetic letters, so that families could reinforce at home what they learned at Brunswick R.O.C.K.S. Pre-and post-testing showed that students made significant gains in most tested areas, especially in their ability to recognize upper and lower case letters and recognize rhymes, skills development that should make their transition to kindergarten more successful.
“We have worked hard to refine the curriculum each year,” noted Judy Galo. “We want to help families have the ability to work at home on skills that incoming kindergarten students will need to master. And we really want families to have less anxiety about the transition to kindergarten. Our volunteers are such a dedicated group—we’re so grateful to everyone who helped us with the program this year.”
Kindergarten teacher Katie Lehky added: “Since school testing has moved to a computer, even for kindergarten students, we included a session on mouse skills and computer skills in this year’s curriculum.”
Karla Robinson, executive director of Project: LEARN, elaborated: “This program would not have been possible without the support of the United Way of Medina County, Brunswick Education Foundation, Brunswick Library and Brunswick City Schools. Project: LEARN is so proud to have begun this program four years ago. Next year, this program will expand to three more county school districts under the auspices of Medina County District Library and the United Way, and even more children will be able to benefit from the curriculum we have developed.”
Join us at our final celebration of this year’s program, Jump Into Reading, on Thursday, September 25th at Brunswick Library from 6-8pm.