Why Literacy and Math?
We place special emphasis on helping the younger students since they are “learning to read” from Pre-K to 3rd grade and start “reading to learn” in 4th grade. Furthermore, evidence shows that students who do not read proficiently by third grade are four times more likely to leave high school without a diploma than proficient readers. Poverty compounds this problem; students who have lived in poverty are three times more likely to drop out or fail to graduate on time than their more affluent peers. And dropouts are three times more likely to be incarcerated than high school graduates.
To help all the students in our program, we apply the award-winning Let’s Go Learn © literacy and math software which utilizes ”adaptive workflow” to monitor each child’s progress. This system evaluates academic levels to better understand where students need additional support. The program adapts “to where the child is”, providing content and lessons within the individual’s current learning level. Each student averages 4-5 math and/or literacy lessons each day.
Results and Benefits
One of the significant benefits of the tutoring program is the opportunity for students to connect with caring adults. Volunteers give 1-3 hours of their time during the afternoon sessions to interact with the kids, playing games and helping them with homework. The kids witness positive role models; the adults encourage the kids.
Moving the Classroom Outdoors
What Students are Learning Through Adventure Science
The great outdoors is the best playground that mother nature has to offer, but… if we donʼt take care of it, that will not be the case for generations to come. Through our aquatic ecology program, we…
- instill a passion to care for the environment;
- teach the kids about why clean water is important, not only for the Nashvillians who drink it, but also the wildlife that depend on it;
- sample the watersheds and study the plants and wildlife;
- open a sense of wonder and appreciation for the beautiful planet we inhabit!
Coming soon -- Adventure Physics:
- centripetal force than flying around the lake on a tube,
- friction while repelling down a rock wall,
- waterʼs surface tension while hopefully NOT belly flopping off our double decker pontoon boat!
I love the activities and places we go around Middle Tennessee. Water Walkers take us places we didn’t know existed. Have you ever stood in the legendary Stones River? Have you ever swam in the Stones River or tubed on Percy Priest Lake? Well because I’m a water walker, I have!!!! My family has told me that I am changing for the better and I owe so much of that to Water Walkers. I would tell anyone to sign their kid up for the Water Walkers Program.”