EMPOWER KIDS TO OUTSMART POVERTY: START A SATELLITE STORYTENT NOW!
The Satellite StoryTent helps kids fall in love with reading everywhere! It is a literacy program curriculum for kids 2-12 years old that emphasizes reading for fun and financial literacy. If you are an out-of-school care provider who wants to help kids fall in love with reading, then the Satellite StoryTent is for you!
Benefits of the Satellite StoryTent Package:
- Curriculum for a proven model
- Digital tool for measuring your program success
- Training from Traveling Stories staff
- Access to ongoing support online from Traveling Stories
Join a community of other Satellite Members everywhere
Monthly Newsletter with downloads and discounts from Traveling Stories partners
DETAILS OF THE TRAINING CURRICULUM
1- Who Is Traveling Stories
2- What’s a StoryTent
- Program philosophy backed by research
- How it’s different from other literacy programs and why that’s a good thing
3- Program’s Key Learning Areas
- The StoryTent does so much more than inspire kids to read
4- Tracking Program Outcomes
- How to use our digital tracking tool for measuring your program success
- What outcomes you can expect to see overtime
5- The Nitty Gritty
- How to use the curriculum & toolkit to run a StoryTent
- Common program challenges & how to overcome them
- Traveling Stories’ proven method for engage reluctant readers
6- Books & Prizes
- How to source them without breaking the bank
- Turn-key training process
«Regular reading not only boosts the likelihood of an individual’s academic and economic success—facts that are not especially surprising—but it also seems to awaken a person’s social and civic sense. Reading correlates with almost every measurement of positive personal and social behavior surveyed.»
— Dana Gioia, former Chairman of National Endowment for the Arts
HOW THE STORYTENT WORKS
KIDS CHECK IN AND READ BOOKS
KIDS EARN BOOK BUCKS
KIDS TRADE BOOK BUCKS FOR PRIZES
KIDS FALL IN LOVE WITH READING
Kids visit the program voluntarily and check in. Then they pick out a book that interests them and read one-on-one with a volunteer.
For every book read, the child earns a Book Buck. Kids are encouraged to negotiate for more Bucks if the book is challenging.
With their Book Bucks, kids can buy prizes which range from inexpensive items like mechanical pencils to more valuable items like basketballs or field trips.
Kids discover how fun and easy it it to earn and save Book Bucks. Before they know it, they are reading on a regular basis and discovering what their preferred genre is, and reading during the weekend and summer.
«Children and young people must achieve enjoyment and gratification as outcomes from their reading experiences in order to pursue autonomous reading. They must also feel motivated to read based on their own intrinsic motivation or the many initiatives designed to increase reading behavior will not be successful.»
— The Reading Agency
WHY START A SATELLITE STORYTENT!
The Satellite StoryTent shows the value of reading. As it does this, and through the Book Bucks, it teaches money management skills. Kids get really excited about saving Book Bucks for larger prize items. We’ve even seen in areas where kids combine their Book Bucks and purchase prizes as a group, and even make exchanges with other kids and their prizes. We see the beginning of a young entrepreneurs program in the works! The StoryTent definitely changes the way kids view reading!
The StoryTent engages multiple age groups at the same time, often with older kids reading to younger kids or sharing chapter books alternating chapters among them. Leadership skills are fostered via this approach.
The program provides extra literacy support in homes where English is the second language and parents cannot support their kids. Not only do the kids fall ink love with reading, but their parents also improve their own reading skills.
When improving their reading skills, kids develop confidence. Kids are ultimately better equipped to become productive members of their community.
The Satellite StoryTent is specifically designed for out-of-school care providers. Here we are thinking of people who work and provide services to groups such as Boys & Girls Clubs, YMCA’s, the scout movement, the foster home care system, after school programs, community centers, social workers, tutors, etc.
Children of low-income households start at a disadvantage to their more affluent peers. More than 80% of low-income kids cannot read at grade level by the time they reach 4th grade — this is alarming because that is when we read to learn. If we cannot read, how can we learn?
And the simple fact that children who grow up in low-income households have fewer books in their homes end up being introduced to 30,000,000 (let’s spell it out: thirty million) fewer words than children who grow up in middle to high class homes. These children are then 13 times more likely to either drop out of high school or simply not graduate! Thus perpetuating the cycle of poverty where only 10% of all jobs become available to them.
The StoryTent targets low-income kids, and in using Book Bucks and its prize acquisition system, children develop money-management skills. Some even discover inner entrepreneurs in themselves as they negotiate and make deals among themselves. Children lead the program the moment they step in the StoryTent. And in telling them “Sure you can bring the book home if you’re not finished.” helps break down the fear of scarcity which has been known as being a major poverty trap.
Falling in love with reading: we believe this to be essential to breaking the cycle of poverty.
SIGN UP FOR MORE INFO TO GET STARTED TODAY!
The complete package includes:
- The Toolkit
- A Volunteer Handbook
- 100 Book Bucks
- Book Buck Template
- Digital Program Tracking Tool
- Online Training with Traveling Stories Support Team
Your Monthly Subscription includes:
- Exclusive Facebook / support group
- Access to a community of service providers
- Additional and ongoing training
- Updates and program improvements
- Monthly newsletter
- Extra supplies
Add-on branded items:
- Branded Canopy
- Sandwich Board
- Customized Website
To obtain any add-ons, please contact us for further details and price list.