Grades 1 – 8
Reading Rocks is an individualized reading intervention program designed by Brock University’s Dr. John McNamara, who specializes in Learning Disabilities. This program is designed for students in Grades 1 to 8 who are performing a minimum of one year behind in the area of literacy due to a diagnosed, identified, or suspected reading disability (dyslexia).
Participants work one-to-one with a trained tutor to enhance their literacy skills such as phonics principles, sight word knowledge, and reading fluency. Sessions are taught using a combination of direct instruction and engaging literacy games and activities. Participants use individualized workstations to set goals and visualize their progress throughout the program in order to boost self-confidence and intrinsic motivation.
Questions? Contact Program Coordinator, Emily Morrison | emorrison@LDANiagara.org
Participants attending the sessions must:
- Be in Grade 1 through 8 at the time of participation;
- Have a diagnosed or suspected Learning Disability or ADHD;
- Not be diagnosed/identified with an intellectual disability or have significant behavioural support needs.
Winter Program Applications Now Open!
Winter 2023 Program Details
|ONLINE SITES||IN-PERSON SITES|
|Cost:||Non-LDA Member fee: $145* |
LDA Member fee: $115*
|Non-LDA Member fee: $145* |
LDA Member fee: $115*
|Dates:||January 30 – April 6 **||January 30 – April 11 **|
|Days of the Week:||Mondays & Wednesdays OR Tuesdays & Thursdays||Mondays & Wednesdays OR Tuesdays & Thursdays|
|Duration:||8 weeks (16 sessions)||8 weeks (16 sessions)|
|Time:||6:00 – 7:00 pm||6:00 – 7:00 pm|
|Location:||Online (Microsoft Teams)||In-Person (Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Catholic Elementary School; 41 Collier Rd. S., Thorold, L2V 3S9)|
* Fees subject to change. An annual family LDA Membership fee is $50. For more information on the LDA Membership program click here. If you require financial assistance, subsidy and payment plans may be available.
** Programs will not run the week of February 20th – 24th (Brock University Reading Week) or March 13th – 17th (March Break).
** In-Person programs will not run April 6 (Holy Thursday).
Proud Community Partner:
“We are very happy with Reading Rocks. My son has improved 5 reading levels at school and his teacher is also impressed! We have gone from tears at homework time to his near complete independence. What used to take him 3 day of struggles he now completes on one morning of the weekend before we start the day! The activities that he is engaged in truly inspire him. His tutor has gone to the effort of discussing his interests and tailoring the lessons according to his tastes. This program is such a valuable asset to our community. I also believe the tutors’ passion and commitment are reflected in the relationship they build with the students which is essential to the learning process.”
“My son has more confidence with his work now rather than feeling defeated and shutting down refusing to do the work. He loves chatting and learning with the volunteers and doesn’t refuse to go as they make it fun and tailored to his learning style. We, as parents, also don’t feel alone in navigating his learning disability as there are so many others out there in the programs that have children that struggle in certain areas too.”
“We wanted to reach out and let you know how pleased and impressed we are with [our child’s] tutor this session. For us to find out tonight this was [the tutor’s] first time doing Reading Rocks we were blown away. She is very skilled with redirection and getting [our son] to refocus when he needed to. She leads with kindness and has a gentle/ firmness when needed. [Our son’s] teacher has let us know she has noticed an improvement in his reading since this session started. Thanks so much for matching our son with [his tutor], he has greatly benefited from her teaching abilities.”