30 results for author: Emily Kirven

Saturday Reading Room for 1st-3rd Graders!

We are excited to announce our new program, the Saturday Reading Room. Beginning January 28, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders can cozy up with a friendly, trained high schooler and practice their developing reading skills. We will focus on building fluency while reading lots of great books -- fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Participants will also have the opportunity to play games that build sight word and spelling pattern knowledge.

What’s Going On In There? The Learning Process and Its Impact on Reading, 10/25/16

What's Going On In There? The Learning Process and Its Impact on Reading with Beth Bucher An event for educators, parents, and friends, hosted by READ 718 October 25, 6:30-8:00 PM Tickets are FREE, but please RSVP to emily@read718.org What happens in our brain when we learn? What steps are involved in mastering a new skill? When it comes to learning to read, the answers are not so obvious upon first glance. Anyone who has ever helped a student struggling to read has probably wished for the ability to get in there and “take a look under the hood”. In this hands-on talk, we will attempt to do just ...

Join Us! Cocktails, Snacks & Shuffleboard to Benefit READ 718, May 24

Help out your neighborhood literacy center by attending our benefit party on May 24. Find details and buy tickets here: https://www.nycharities.org/Events/EventLevels.aspx?ETID=9045 or email emily@read718.org.

Register NOW for our Summer Cycle: July 5- 28!

We are now registering children for our first summer cycle. Space is limited, so register early. Each child will attend Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-5:00 PM from July 5-28. He/she will work one-on-one with a trained volunteer on their reading skills to get them ready for fall and to prevent "summer slide." Children entering grades 3-8 and who receive free or reduced price lunch at school are eligible.


Our spring cycle will run from April 11-June 16. Huge thank you to all of our dedicated volunteers who are gearing up to work with their READers. If you're interested in being a substitute volunteer or volunteering for a later session, contact us now!

We Need Volunteers for Spring Cycle, April 11-June 16!

We are looking for smart, passionate people who are interested in helping kids reach their potential. Tutors meet with their students twice per week after school at READ 718. Contact us now to start tutoring in spring!

Need Volunteer Literacy Tutors for Fall Session!

We are looking for smart, energetic, reliable people to join our volunteer team at READ 718! Literacy tutors work one on one with a student twice per week for 10 weeks (or more). Lesson plans are provided. Our fall session runs October 5-December 10 on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:10-4:30 AND Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:10-4:30 and 4:40-6:00 PM. Volunteering is a great way to help children in your community and gain experience in tutoring and literacy education. Plus, it's fun. If you're interested and want to learn more, contact us now! Would love to hear from you.

Literacy Love: Contribute to READ 718’s Indiegogo Campaign!

With all the madness of launching our very first Indiegogo campaign, we forgot to share the big news for literacy on our blog!  Friends, READ 718 has an Indiegogo campaign. In our defense, many of you follow us on twitter and Facebook; many of you have already contributed to the cause.  In fact, we are already 77 donors in with upwards of $10,000 (happily upwards!) to show for it.  The goal is $20,o00, so we have a long way to go, but man it's a good Thursday.  All that love.  All that support.  We can't not be thrilled.  Thank you.     With two weeks left to go, we are officially halfway through the campaign...

Literacy Cookies at Marymount’s READ 718 Bake Sale!

Many thanks to the young ladies at Marymount who made literacy a priority this afternoon by hosting a bake sale in READ 718's honor.   What's made of butter and sugar and still happens to be good for you? That's right: literacy cookies. Not only are they proven to do a body good (the heart and the spirit, to be exact), but they've also been proven to have a positive effect on the community. Why? Because with these homemade cookies, the world changers at Marymount were able to raise $1,000 to support Brooklyn's low-income kiddos who are reading below grade level.     Our first bake sale was the brainchild of an ...

4 Reading Comprehension Strategies for Third Grade (and Beyond!)

READ 718's best-loved "fix-up strategies" for struggling young readers  Although the title suggests these reading strategies are geared toward third graders, you best believe that "and beyond!" was not placed there as an afterthought. These four tactics for improved reading comprehension will be useful to any struggling reader, be that reader a fourth grader, middle schooler, or high schooler.  Third grade is simply when kids are really starting to get the hang of this whole reading thing; it's when literacy instruction has officially moved past word identification and into comprehension of story and message.  The nitty-gritty.  By 4...