Reading Readiness Program

For 4-6 year olds

What are some signs of a learning disability? 

Free Screenings for 4-6 year olds

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Early identification is key. We offer simple assessments designed for 4-6 years of age to find areas of strength and weakness. We cannot "diagnose" a learning disability at this age, but we can determine if child is "at risk" using standardized, normalized assessments. Following the short screening, our staff will meet with parents to answer questions and go over results.


Reading Club - parent/child class

If you are in doubt of which group to sign up for, please contact Jan Hagedorn, Director of Reading Readiness at 507-288-5271.

Students entering kindergarten at our 2018 summer Reading Club during Best of Basics.

Students entering kindergarten at our 2018 summer Reading Club during Best of Basics.

Reading Club is a parent/child class to work on the foundational skills of reading in a fun environment. It is a fun, activity filled hour where parent/child teams participate together to strengthen the fundamental skills that scientific research has shown are foundations of reading. 

We focus on developing: phonemic awareness, recognizing alphabet, connecting sounds/symbols relationship, recognizing and writing their name, understanding concepts of print, remembering more sight words, learning good pencil grip. We will provide explicit instruction on how to write letters.

Your child is exposed to the way the English language works which helps to scaffold and to build their understanding of reading.  Parents are coached in methods and techniques that will increase their child's skills with productive practice through games and activities. Reading Club is organized  in six week blocks.  Many families elect to continue in Reading Club for consecutive sessions.

If you are in doubt of which group to sign up for, please contact Jan Hagedorn, Director of Reading Readiness at 507-288-5271.

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Classes in Summer

In summer we have two Reading Club opportunities for students entering kindergarten or first grade in the fall.

Entering Kindergarten in the Fall?

Students entering kindergarten in the fall are invited to take either one or two weeks of Reading Club during our Best of Basics summer program. Our one hour classes are held daily at either 9am or 10:15am at Calvary Evangelical Free Church during the weeks of July 15 and 22.

Entering First Grade in the Fall?

Students entering first grade in the fall are invited to take our twice per week Reading Club throughout the summer. Our one hour classes are held Tuesday and Thursdays from 3-4pm OR 4:30-5:30pm at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. We offer 3 three week sessions throughout the summer.

Classes during the school year

During the School Year we offer once per week classes in the evenings from 4:30-530pm for students in kindergarten or 1st grade.

Beginning Classes are generally best for children starting kindergarten or those needing extra support in 1st grade. These classes are offered on Mondays.

Advanced Reading Club fits the needs of those students in a 1st grade class or those that have successfully attended many sessions of Reading Club. These classes are offered on Wednesdays.

Classes are scheduled in six week blocks throughout the year and students can join mid-session at a prorated rate.