Welcome to Strong Start!
The Letters, Sounds and Words
program targets children in Senior Kindergarten, Grade One and Grade Two who
need a literacy boost.
They are selected by their classroom teacher at
the first sign of them lagging behind in their early literacy skills. These children
are paired with trained community volunteers who come into the school to work
one-on-one with them, playing carefully designed games and activities.
volunteer receives four hours of training prior to working with a child for the
The games are organized in four strands: Letters, Sounds, Words and
Building Words. The child will see 2-3 volunteers per week depending on the
number of strands they are in, for a 10 week period. Each visit is 30 minutes
The children’s knowledge is tested before and after the program,
documenting gains in their early literacy skills. An adaptation of this program
has also been created for English Language Learners up to age 9.
For more information visit the Strong Start website www.strongstart.ca.