Monroe County students improve reading, math and writing skills

By Ray Van Dusen/Monroe Journal

PRAIRIE — Twenty students from kindergarten through third grade participated in Tenn-Tom Moving Youth’s summer discovery program, which expanded on their reading, math and writing skills.

The nonprofit organization hosted the same program earlier this summer in Aberdeen.

“Our organization is interested in all of the students in our area — not just the kids in Aberdeen. With a slow economy, we realize that all parents can’t afford to transport their children to Aberdeen for our services so we decided to take the services to them. Also supervisor Fulton Ware has been a great supporter of our cause and since he lives in Prairie, we wanted to do this for his community. It is our way of thanking him for the great job he does serving our county,” said Ann Tackett, executive director of Tenn-Tom Moving Youth.

Volunteers for the program included Betty Ward, Liz Clay, Laurenda Carmeans, Norma Ware, Amy Bell, Ernestine Metcalf and Hilda Garth.

For Clay’s writing exercises, the lower class did exercises about the numbers from one to 10, connected the dots using numbers, colored shapes and touched on currency and time.

The older class learned about fractions, color coding, subtraction and word problems.

Garth had students identify their names and spell them from a stack of cards, write in upper and lower case, do word puzzles, connect the dots with letters of the alphabet, use rhyming words, use sequencing to put letters in order and perform reading comprehension exercises.

During Cromeans’ reading lessons, students sounded out letters, made puppets for stories, learned how to mix colors to make other colors, learned parts of speech and writing sentences in addition to reading stories.

“In addition to the lessons, we combined the two age groups for a fun day but we still had learning exercises. One was a word swat so we were able to combines physical activities into it,” Garth said.