BECOME A VOLUNTEER PRESCHOOL READER
Volunteer readers go into the Special Education Preschools in Springfield between four and six times a school year to read a book, lead a specially designed lesson around the book, and send children home with the book and a letter to parents.
Our OLC Program Director writes each lesson plan to meet the developmental needs of preschool children in 63 Wonder Years or Early Childhood Special Education programs in Springfield.
Volunteers can choose classrooms in the Wonder Years Program (20 students maximum who are getting ready to start kindergarten the following school year) or in the Early Childhood Special Education Program (usually 10 students maximum with a varying degree of disabilities) or both. The volunteer arranges a time with the classroom teacher to go in and read a story and do a book related activity with the children (with the help of the teacher and aide(s). Afterwards, every child will receive a copy of the book read to keep. The books have an idea sheet for parents, suggesting ways they can expand on the story with activities at home. Step-by-step Lessons, directions, books and all materials needed for the activity are provided. Each visit takes about 30-45 minutes. You do not need any training or prior experience working with children.
Readers can chose between Early Childhood Special Education AM and/or PM classes Monday – Thursday. The AM Classes are 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and the PM classes are – 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. The Wonder Years Classes are typically from 8:00 am -2:30 pm but vary depending on the school they are located in.