Welcome to Friday Check-In!

Literacy Lesson – Write Together

Writing with your student is one of the six components of the Oasis session plan supporting reading achievement.  As you write with your student you encourage the expression of ideas, promote organization of those ideas and develop language structure.  Each week as you work with your student, you have filled their journal with stories about the books you have read together and stories of their own creation.

Would your student like to read his/her stories on the web?

Oasis tutor Kaye McSpadden created a website so her student could access his original stories from his journal) at home. Check out the website at: http://www.wtmystories.weebly.com. Kaye is happy to add stories by other students. Would you be interested in having your student’s stories added? We will only use the student’s first name (and possibly the tutor’s first name, TBD) — no personal info. If you are interested, just type the text of the story (or scan it) and send to Kaye at wtmystories@gmail.com. If the student made an illustration, scan it in and send that, too. After your student’s stories are uploaded, you can let the parent or classroom teacher know. Questions? Contact Kaye at wtmystories@gmail.com.

Here is a story and illustration from the website:

This is a true story. Every Tuesday, Miss Kaye went to Corey’s school. Miss Kaye and Corey read books together. They read Kecko the Gecko and many other books. Corey learned new words. He and Miss Kaye played games with word cards. They played Go Fish and Bingo. Corey made up stories and Miss Kaye wrote them down. Corey drew pictures for the stories. One of the stories was The Pirates. Then, school was closed because of the virus. Miss Kaye says to Corey, “I miss our Tuesdays together! I hope you have a happy summer and keep reading!”

Miss Kaye

Summer Reading:  Biographies for Kids

Here are some wonderful stories about individuals who made significant differences in their lives and their impact on millions of others! These inspirational life stories help children understand how to overcome obstacles and follow their dreams for success. Please read these selections for your own pleasure and then share with your grandchildren and future students.

Mae Jemison
by Jodie Shepherd

It Begins With a Page: How Gyo Fujikawa Drew His Way
by Kya Maclear

Dancing Hands How Teresa Carreno Played Piano for President Lincoln
by Margarita Engle

Carter Reads His Newspaper
by Deborah Hopkins story of Dr. Carter Woodson

Paper Son: The Inspiring Story of Tyrus Wong, Immigrant and Artist
by Julie Leung Disney artist

Queen of Physics: How Wu Chien Shiang Helped Unlock the Secrets of the Atom
by Teresa Roberson


Summer Sensation

Enjoy the next couple of months of sunshine and warmer weather. As we search for new ways to stay safe, we can relax by walking, gardening, or reading. We can even stay social with other Oasis members by taking one of our Zoom classes. During this time period, we will wait to find out the guidelines and schedule for the 2020/2021 school year. As soon as we receive any information, Oasis and the district coordinators will share the plans. We will be pausing the Friday Check-ins during our summer respite, but we will keep you informed in our Indy Oasis e-blasts that are posted each weekend.

Please look for the globe and children reading graphic (as seen here) to keep you updated in the summer Oasis e-blast!

Oasis Tutoring asks all Tutors, Teachers, Principals/Building Liaisons and District Facilitators to participate in the annual Oasis tutoring survey. It is important as it provides Oasis feedback for improvement of the program and measurable data to report to funders. Thank you in advance for taking a moment to share this year’s tutoring experiences prior to the Covid-19 break.

Helpful tips for taking the survey:

  1. Taking the survey on a laptop or desktop computer is recommended instead of a mobile device or tablet.
  2. After clicking on the link provided, click on the role you serve in the program (“Tutor”).
  3. You may receive other requests or reminders to take the survey, please only take it once.

Thank you for taking the time to complete your survey.  If you have yet to fill yours out, please do so by June 12th.

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Tutors have a positive impact!

The stories received from school districts in the area are inspiring and demonstrate the positive impact tutors have on students.  Here are few comments received from administrators:

Girl smiling as she reads a book

“Your tutors were extremely responsive to the needs of students. They were open to feedback from teachers about what areas the students were struggling with and how they could best assist them. “

“2nd-graders were able to develop confidence in reading aloud and enjoyed the relationship built with the Oasis tutor. “

“In every single interaction I saw between student and tutor, literacy was the main and central focus. Students were engaged in all parts of literacy and tutors encouraged and fostered that love for reading.”

Boy with brown hair and glasses

“Our students just love working with their tutors!”

“Our tutors have provided individual students with purposeful strategies and resources that have helped them to become stronger readers. Along with the strategies, the tutors also shared a sense of hope and compassion for our students that has aided them to become more confident, not only in their reading ability, but also in the academic abilities.”

“A parent of a student that had an Oasis tutor last school year ran into the tutor while out shopping. The parent shared how beneficial the tutor was to her daughter last school year and how she would love for her to tutor her again. Although the tutor was already working with another student this school year, the tutor followed up with our district coordinator and me offering to support her former student in addition to her new student. This is a testament to the positive impact tutors make and to the dedication tutors give to students.

Happy Children

“An overall story is the joyful viewing of our Oasis tutors walking down the hall with our friends. As a teacher, we try to have natural conversations which include lessons, vocabulary, questions and so on. It is amazing to watch our tutors do the same as they are walking in the hall. They are all naturals!”

“What I love most about our tutors is how each of them has a different story for what made them want to become a tutor. For some they are retired teachers, others have worked with kids at other points in their lives, and some have never done anything like this before. No matter the way they get to our school each of them always shares with me how much they truly enjoy working with our students and how much they get out of the experience. I love that this program provides an opportunity for our students to benefit from 1:1 time and attention to work on skills and build a relationship with their tutor, but that is also allows our tutors to benefit from this weekly interaction.”

Thank you

So, on behalf of Oasis Tutoring, I want to thank all my fabulous district coordinators and tutors who shine a bright light on the program and make such a significant difference in the lives of students. Have a marvelous summer!

Tutor Tuesday

Summer is here!  In this edition of Tutor Tuesday we share links to relaxing music and recipes for healthy smoothies to enjoy on a hot summer day!

Today’s Tutor Tuesday literacy lesson is developing vocabulary and offers ways to work with your student(s) to bring them up to grade level.  We have included videos and resources for you to view on this important topic in literacy.

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We want to hear from you

We want to hear from you!

What are your plans for this summer? What are you looking forward to? What books are you planning to read this summer?

Tell us all about it in the comments section below!