During the academic year, the Tufts Literacy Corps runs three core tutoring programs (in reading, writing and math), staffs after school homework centers and features several student-led initiatives. Our mission is to help all children who need academic support. We want them to master the skills they need to succeed in school, grow to love learning and thrive. From September through April, all tutoring and enrichment programming is free of charge to families and school districts. Please click on each of the titles below to learn more about this year’s programs.
Fostering Fluency Reading Tutors work with children in between first and third grade to help them “crack the alphabetic code,” recognize print quickly, gain reading fluency and grow to love books. Most tutors visit local schools twice a week and work with children in one-on-one sessions; some also work with children on the Tufts campus.
From Poetry to Prose: Writing and Reading Comprehension: “From Poetry to Prose” focuses on literacy development for children in grades 4 and up. For children who need help with writing, TLC tutors use poetry, prose, and picture storybooks to model great writing and inspire children to put words on paper. Many tutors also support children’s reading comprehension by reading with them, teaching vocabulary and comprehension strategies, and by talking about books.
Mastering Mathematics: The TLC math tutors have been our fastest growing tutoring group ever since the federal government added “America Counts” to its “America Reads Challenge.” Math tutors work with children in grades one through nine, helping them with everything from memorizing math facts to gaining a deeper understanding of numbers and solving algebraic equations.
BookMatch is an annual tournament that challenges fourth and fifth graders to form teams, read a list of 25 great books and go head-to-head to determine which team read the books “best.” The year ends with a final competition and pizza party on the Tufts campus.
Literacy and the Arts is a summer writing program started in 2010. Every morning, children work with their tutors on individualized writing projects. The rest of their time involves art, arts & crafts, drama, building with LEGOs and recycled materials, informal sports, and swimming. Please click on the title for more information.
A Few Words From Our Host Communities
Please click on the link if you would like to see what parents, principals, teachers, and tutors have said about the Tufts Literacy Corps: A Few Words From Our Host Communities