1 Hour. 2 Days A week. 10 Weeks.
Elementary Literacy Inc. offers Elementary Literacy Friends (ELF), a volunteer-based reading program, to Anglophone schools across New Brunswick. A separate program, Communautés littératie enfants francophones (CLEF) is offered to francophone schools. ELF and CLEF are supplementary reading achievement programs that strengthen and build upon classroom teaching that students experience everyday.
ELF programming pairs trained community volunteers with grade 2 students who require additional time on task to master various literacy skills they require for learning to read well, as identified by their classroom teacher. Students are tutored for one hour, twice per week, for 10 weeks.
We are currently offering ELF in 75 schools across New Brunswick and are expanding everyday. Please contact us about offering ELF at your school today!
more than 20% of Anglophone grade 2 students struggle with learning to read.
A child’s reading level at the end of grade two can predict, with great accuracy, their future literacy skill and overall educational success. In New Brunswick, slightly more than 20% of Anglophone grade 2 students struggle with learning to read at the end of grade two—this represents nearly 1000 students in 2013. The cumulative effect of this number is devastating New Brunswick in many ways.
ELF and CLEF were purposefully designed as supplementary reading achievement programs that can be effectively implemented by community volunteers who have no background in education or teaching children to read. Our programs provide struggling readers additional time on task with a tutor, one-on-one, for strengthening and building upon the daily instruction they receive from their classroom teachers.
Volunteer today and give a child the gift of your time and provide them the opportunity to experience success with learning to read.
regular, systematic and ongoing collection of data for providing quality literacy programminG.
ELF collects and reviews a number of outcome measures that provide support for the program’s effectiveness in building upon daily instruction provided by classroom teachers and improving children’s reading skills. A key component of our work at Elementary Literacy Inc. is the regular, systematic and ongoing collection of data for providing quality literacy programming to New Brunswick schools and students. Please do not hesitate to contact us at anytime should you have any feedback or ideas that may improve or programs.
Elementary Literacy Inc. collects student reading levels, as measured by the classroom teacher using a levelled reading system adopted province-wide, both immediately before and after participating in ELF programming. Teachers also report on students’ reading interest, stamina and confidence. Analyses of the data reveal that ELF students are making positive and significant gains over the 10-week tutoring period.
School personnel are asked to provide feedback about their experiences with our programs to ensure we are meeting the needs of all relevant partners. Schools and teachers are highly positive, indicating they are satisfied offering ELF and CLEF in their schools and importantly, based on their observation, ELF students improve across their literacy skills, attitudes toward reading and general classroom behavior.
Volunteers are encouraged to provide feedback after each tutoring period (fall, winter and spring) for providing Elementary Literacy Inc. data for making decisions about program delivery and curricula. Volunteers report high levels of overall satisfaction, including on indices related to registration processes, training and resources and placement in schools. Volunteers also reported that the program was very well organized, they felt valued by school personnel and that they have a positive impact on their student. Finally, over 85% of volunteers indicated their desire to return in the Fall—we can’t wait to have you!
What Our Volunteers Say
I began volunteering with ELF eleven years ago when it began as a pilot at Nashwaaaksis Memorial. There was an article in the Gleaner seeking volunteers to tutor grade 2 students in reading and since I’m an avid reader and like working with children, it seemed like a good match.
The ELF program continues to be a wonderful experience. To see the children gain confidence in just a few sessions and their reading levels rise is very rewarding.
I would encourage anyone who believes in the importance of literacy to get involved with ELF. You won’t be disappointed.
Early in my retirement the principal of Gunningsville School told me about a new elementary reading program that he thought would be perfect for me. ELF has given me a wonderful opportunity to put my teaching skills to good use and to share the love of reading with a child. It has been my best post retirement experience.
ELF gives the volunteer a chance to favourably impact the life of a child at a critical time in their learning development and that is a wonderful gift. Seeing their eyes light up, hearing giggles and the magic of a thank you – no amount of money can replace what sharing that moment with a wee scholar gives you. It is magic.
Reaching all those New Brunswick children who require reading support requires time and money. An investment of your time or resources in ELF programming is an investment in the future – a future filled with possibilities and opportunities for New Brunswick’s youngest children.