Ace High in Houston
“Make two fists and connect your knuckles. Now, extend your two thumbs straight into the air. Doesn’t that look like a bed? The left hand represents the lowercase b and the right hand the d. So whenever you can’t tell the difference between the letters b and d, make your ‘bed’ under your school desk.”
You might think this multi-sensory literacy trick is going on in an elementary classroom, but this teaching technique is actually happening under trees and inside jungle gyms at local parks and recreation centers in Houston, Texas. Launched more than three years ago, Reading Aces is a nonprofit after-school literacy program founded by a high school student. Brette Machiorlette and her team of high school volunteers visit various Houston-area parks and recr....
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