YouthLearn's Language Arts Tips and Resources
Out-of-school programs have a unique opportunity to help children master basic language skills because they can apply more flexible approaches to reinforce what kids are learning in their K-12 classrooms. Learning centers can provide unique activities, help with homework, and give personal attention to children who may be struggling with reading or writing.
The language arts lesson ideas available on YouthLearn include those that focus on reading skills, those that build writing skills, and those that focus on storytelling skills.
The key to most education, especially to teaching reading and writing, is repetition, reinforcement and practice. Although that idea is nothing new, repetition sometimes gets a bad rap. When it's done poorly, it's called "drill and kill"—mechanical reiteration until all interest and excitement has been drained away. Yet, it doesn't have to be that way. The challenge lies in finding ways to turn repetition and practice into engaging activities that kids actually want to do.