Reading doesn't come naturally for many so the Library has developed a program to help children in 1st-4th grades who are having difficulty learning to read. Students will be paired with a tutor trained in the Orton-Gillingham methods.
The Orton-Gillingham approach uses multi-sensory learning, phonics based instruction, and other tools to demystify the process of learning to read. This approach was developed for readers with dyslexia, but are great strategies for all struggling readers, including English language learners.
The OG Readers curriculum teaches the sounds of the English language and their corresponding symbols, spelling rules and generalizations, and syllable types. The program uses a specific order of introduction of reading skills based on how we learn language. Students must master one reading skill before moving on to the next. The lessons are structured to include the same seven basic parts for each meeting: decoding and/or phonograms, sight word reading, the new concept for the lesson, alphabet knowledge, spelling, dictation, and oral reading.
Students will be matched with a tutor and meet with their them once a week for an hour at the library to practice skills that will improve their reading, writing, and spelling. Tutors are trained volunteers who have completed background checks.
For more information or to add your child to the waiting list for tutors, please email OGReaders@santabarbaraca.gov.
Note: This program has become a virtual tutoring program due to our current public health emergency. Please be aware that being matched with a tutor may take extra time because of the emergency. We are currently accepting new students for the waitlist and new volunteers who are willing to complete the virtual training and engage in virtual tutoring. Call 805-564-5639 or email OGReaders@santabarbaraca.gov to start the process of volunteering.