Since 2003, the HOPE Program at Texas Baptist Children’s Home has been providing elementary school students who are struggling to read with a unique learning opportunity.
Through its “Reader’s Theater” program, HOPE has paved the way for kids to become more confident, not in just their reading abilities, but in themselves as well.
“Most of the kids we help are challenged readers,” said Sarah Kuykendal, HOPE Program Supervisor. “They just need some practice and encouragement to reach the next level in their reading abilities.”
The format of the class involves children reading a play, acting out the parts and even using props. It’s a fun and inventive way to introduce reading to children who might otherwise struggle to enjoy the pastime. As they become more involved in their parts, children see an improvement in their vocabulary as well as their self-esteem.
“I’ve noticed in the past that children who were shy when they started began to come out of their shell more and more as the class went on,” says Sarah. “It helps that they are surrounded by children who are dealing with the same subject.”
Reader’s Theater classes take place throughout the school year. By the end of the school year, students involved in the program walk a little taller and talk with a much broader vocabulary, with more confidence in themselves and their abilities.
To learn more about Reader's Theater, contact Sarah Kuykendahl by email or call (512) 255-3682.