Why Choose Reading Rocks?
Reading Rocks is an 8-week reading program for children and youth 6- 12 years old who struggle with the attainment of early literacy skills due to an identified or suspected learning disability. Through this effective instructional program, children are paired with a trained tutor who will develop hands-on activities and games to teach the essential literacy concepts of phonics, sight words, and fluency, while building children’s motivation and fostering self-regulation. Each week, each student will work with their tutor to set goals and graph their success in these areas so they have a clear vision of their achievements.
Reading Rocks makes reading FUN!
We’re recruiting Reading Rock volunteers!
Work one-on-one Online or In-Person with a child, twice per week in the evenings, developing hands-on and engaging activities and games to explicitly teach phonics, build sight word vocabulary, and increase fluency while graphing child’s success. Current Vulnerability Check Required (cost is not covered by Centre for Diverse Learners).
Winter Term 2023
January 23rd-March 30th
(No programming during March Break)
Monday and Wednesday
Tuesday and Thursday
5:00 – 6:00 PM
6:30 – 7:30 PM
Location - Online and In-Person
Online: Microsoft Teams
In-person: Burlington: TBD
(M-Th) Hamilton: Dalewood Elementary School
(M/W) Milton: MDHS
I have seen such a tremendous improvement in my son’s willingness to read which was a battle in itself before Reading Rocks. There hasn’t been a single time that he has tried to get out of his tutoring and when I asked him if he wanted to do it again he very quickly said yes! Thank you for this opportunity.
I loved this program, I didn’t have to force my kids to go because they were excited to attend. Reading Rocks is amazing because it was tailored to each child’s interest. My son loves video games so that was incorporated during his sessions and on his board. Both my son and daughter are so much more confident and willing to try different reading tasks.
Wow! What a difference reading rocks has made for Jared. Christina was amazing and can’t thank her and Asma enough for their efforts. Is there any possible way we can get Jared in the next session? He was actually excited every night before knowing he had reading rocks the next day. Let me know if there is anything we can do to help his chances.
We were very happy to have our son participate in the program. He loved creating a special board to track his progress and incorporating pictures of his interests made him very proud to show it off. Our teacher Jessica, was outstanding. She was professional, and so encouraging each week. Our son enjoyed going each week and we couldn’t Thank Jessica enough for all her dedication to helping him learn. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to participate in this excellent program!
Thank you once again for such an amazing program! Lincoln has excelled and gained confidence in his literacy because of this program. Lindsay was amazing with him and knew exactly how to hold his attention and keep him engaged. Excellent all around!
Our son made a huge leap in learning how to read during this program! It is a small step but a big step for him, as he could not grasp the concept of fusing sounds of letters together. He has known the sounds that individual letters make for years now, but he hit a wall when it came to actually putting letters together. His school and our family struggled to teach him this concept. Like magic, during the program he started understanding this concept. His school reported to me also that they noticed that he was fusing letter sounds together!!!
Thank you so much for this program! You all do a wonderful job! Reading opens up such a new world for our kids!
Thank you for running such a super reading program with great tutors. This program has helped my both boys very much. They loved their tutors and has developed love of reading. I see a great change in my boys. Thank you again for giving my both sons the opportunity to be in this program and achieve their academic goals.
The Application Process
1. Fill Out Application
Fill out a waitlist application for your child.
*Please Note: Filling out the application form does not guarantee your child a spot in the Reading Rocks program. The number of spots available depends on the number of volunteer tutors that we have. By filling out the application you are on the waitlist.
2. A Program Coordinator Will Reach Out To You
If there is a spot available, our Program Coordinator will reach out to you via email to offer you a spot in the program. You will have one week to respond and confirm your spot. After this time, the Program Coordinator will move on to the next name on the waitlist. Spots will be given out on a first come first serve basis based on the date and time on completed application forms.
3. Submit Your Payment
Once you have confirmed your spot, details on how to make a payment will be sent to you via email. To keep your child’s spot in the Reading Rocks program you must make a payment before the start of the session.
Please Note: The number of children we accept in each session is dependent on volunteer availability and commitment.
Rarely, it may be possible that a volunteer is unable to complete the program, thus affecting your child’s spot in the program. We affirm that we are very clear to volunteers about the importance of their commitment to our students and the program overall!
Are you interested in volunteering for Reading Rocks?
FREE FOR STUDENTS OF THE FOLLOWING SCHOOL BOARDS: HDSB, HWDSB
The cost of annual membership is $50 per family, paid separately from program fees.
Lower fees are possible thanks to
Program Cancellation Policy
50% of the registration fee will be refunded for any program cancellation received 2 weeks prior to the first class.
Please contact us for any cancellation questions at [email protected]
Many of our programs have limited space available as we aim to provide a low student to teacher ratio; unfortunately space cannot be held for any student until payment is received.
We reserve the right to cancel program sessions if minimum numbers are not reached.