We accept children that are currently in kindergarten, first, or second grade, from Carroll ISD, Keller ISD, and Northwest ISD attendance zones, as well as students from IL Texas and Westlake Academy. Quest 2016 will run from July 7th–July 29th, Monday–Friday from 8:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m. This program is held at Westlake Academy which is located in the city of Westlake. Parents may either provide their own transportation to Westlake Academy, or use bus transportation which is available from selected Keller ISD and Northwest ISD campuses. There is a $20 registration fee, which will be refunded with 14 day of attendance including the last day July 29th.
Individuals wishing to participate need to see their child’s school Reading Specialist to see if they qualify for this program. If your child is home schooled, please contact our office at 817-431-3340 to see if your child qualifies.
Unlike a traditional summer school program, Quest – Summer Enrichment Program is geared towards not only identifying and addressing a student’s academic needs, but also focuses on providing an inviting and upbeat environment, along with a variety of new and exciting experiences, to help children connect what they are learning in the classroom with the world around them.
Students are greeted each day with engaging activities to motivate them for the day. In addition to reading instruction, science, art, and physical education are available daily. A light breakfast, snack, and lunch are provided to ensure that nutritional needs are being met and to help keep them energized for the day’s activities. We strive to create a summer camp atmosphere for the children which helps keep their excitement level up.
Highly qualified, certified teachers identify gaps in a student’s reading ability and then specifically tailor targeted interventions to fill these gaps. Learning groups consist of a teacher, two reading volunteers, and no more than six students. This structure allows each student to receive focused intervention from the teacher, and while not working directly with the teacher, to engage in targeted learning games and activities with the group volunteers; the majority of our volunteers are high school youth. Our students love to interact with these older, positive role models. Youth volunteers report receiving great satisfaction through working with our children; they take pride in sharing their knowledge, enjoy witnessing the youthful excitement when a small child has an “ah-ha” moment, and gain skills that will benefit them in their future careers. We often have more volunteer offers than we have space for.
During guided reading instruction, students read books that are on the exact level needed for their individual progression; books are not too hard or too easy so that the reading experience is non-threatening and enjoyable. Students are given a personal copy of the book they are reading in class which is theirs to take home and keep and encourages them to continuing reading on their own and at their own pace while allowing them to show-off their new skills to family members.
An instrumental component of Quest is providing children who come from low-income households with a variety of experiences to increase their background knowledge. It’s much more exciting to read about helicopters if you have watched one land just yards away from you and been able to peer inside at its many controls and gadgets! When children meet and speak with–or see demonstrations by– authors, firefighters, motorcycle riders, musicians, football players, pilots, electricians, dancers, and even state senators, they are exposed to ideas and vocabulary which strengthen their reading comprehension.
The Community Storehouse Summer Reading Program is a community effort. Our highly trained teaching staff, along with about 25 volunteers per day, work together to ensure our students make measurable progress in reading and begin to identify themselves as readers. Parents report that children who were previously averse to working on school reading assignments, and never looked at books, are now asking for books and for opportunities to read. When children begin to feel good about themselves as readers, they begin to feel successful and become open to increased learning on many levels.