The SPUT Reading Program
Reading is cool!
Literacy is at the heart of education and the importance of reading is firmly established. But did you know that one-third of Saint Paul area 3rd graders who are strong English speakers still are not able to meet state standards for reading (according to Wilder Research 2012). We've taken on the challenge to help our students combat the summer slide
through entwining reading with our tennis programming. It's time to make reading cool again and our SPUT coaches are just the cats to do it!
Our Reading Routine
Volunteers make the reading program possible. They work hand in hand with our coaches to deliver the reading program in conjuction with our lessons for ages 5-8 year olds. Volunteers start out on the court participating in games and activities that are led by the coach. This helps to build rapport with students and is essential to the success of the reading program. It also helps the coaches with group management by lowering adult to child ratios. At the conclusion of class, volunteers lay out a blanket for reading in the park. Older kids are asked to read aloud and younger kids follow along. The idea is to reinforce skills taught in school while instilling a lifelong love of reading. Books are selected with the help of a literacy specialist and local book publisher with a goal to use books that reinforce our weekly lifeskill themes.
The reading program is offered at all sites at least once per week. Talk to your on-site coach about how you can get involved and the specific days that reading is offered.
We encourage kids to visit their local library and check out a favorite book to share with SPUT friends. You can also pick up a summer reading log at your local branch to track your progress and compete for fabulous prizes.
SPUT incorporates a patent-pending letter/number system using balls to bring the fundamentals of reading and math to the courts. You can learn more about ABC-123, developed by a former SPUT coach at www.abc123tennis.com. We are currently piloting this system at select locations.