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MOESC To Hold Virtual Kindergarten Boot Camp

The Striving Readers Grant is in a no-cost extension final year. The focus has been on serving the greatest numbers of students living in poverty, students with disabilities, English learners and students identified as having a reading disability. Continued challenges in the remaining consortium districts due to COVID-19 have resulted in the transition from a planned face-to-face Kindergarten Boot Camp to a Virtual Kindergarten Boot Camp.

Local kindergarten educators will work to provide the content of up to 30 specific guided family activities, which will focus on Ohio’s learning standards and outcomes to guide parents and/or caregivers through literacy-rich activities. These activities will have an emphasis on integrated phonemic awareness and other literacy initiatives that have been a part of the past three years of Striving Readers implementation.

Incoming kindergarten students will receive access to these activities as well as a backpack kit that will include printed trade books and educational resources, such as manipulatives for literacy learning and flash cards to support the Heggerty phonemic awareness system districts are using. Activity backpacks will be distributed in various ways in the districts.

Parent materials that support these guided family activities will be available both virtually and on a Google Site, as well as in an abbreviated print form.

The repository of activities will allow for both pre-kindergarten work and during kindergarten reinforcement to ensure that the developed activities become a part of the way districts educate in the future as they continue to guard against the COVID slide in achievement.