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Curriculum

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Our Curriculum

Our reading improvement program (also known as Benchmarks) is a comprehensive curriculum stemming from the belief that the arts are an invaluable learning tool.

Delivered by trained teachers and designed to rapidly advance the reading skills of their prekindergarten through 1st grade students, Benchmarks is backed by the most current research and independent studies, utilizing proven curriculum, methodology, and the integration of music and drama.

Our Benchmarks program is firmly rooted in our theory of change: all students can learn to read through three essential elements of instruction:

The Necessary Amount of Instructional Time for Each Student 

Students who are below their benchmark reading level need additional instructional time to catch up. Benchmarks’ 32-week timetable combines both whole and small group lessons, the latter of which allows teachers to provide additional instruction tailored for struggling students each school day. Regular assessments (five times per year) determine each child’s skill acquisition, so adjustments can be made to the instructional time each child receives.

The Right Content to Help Students Read 

Lesson content is aligned with the research-based recommendations of the National Reading Panel. This alignment is reflected in the Benchmarks Teacher’s Manual, the books provided for students, and all of the program materials used every day in the classroom. The materials contain a wide variety of content to enable teachers to provide differentiated instruction that has the potential to reach every kind of learner.

The Most Engaging Teaching Methods

Especially at the ages we work with, students learn better when they are actively engaged and paying attention. Music and drama-based whole group lessons engage young students physically, kinesthetically, and imaginatively, stimulating their minds on different levels, leveraging their natural love for the arts, and most importantly, accelerating their learning of literacy skills.

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In addition to offering these programs in English, we also offer them in Spanish!

Weโ€™ve found that it isnโ€™t enough to engage English Language Learners in literacy programs geared toward native English speakers. Research from the National Literacy Panel provides clear evidence that first-language literacy is foundational to English-language literacy. 

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The pandemic has left students from low-income communities even further behind academically. Your donation today will go directly toward our Reading Together, Anywhere! program to help address this crisis.๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ“– Make a difference for young readers this holiday season by giving now at www.readinginmotion.org/give-2/
The pandemic has left students from low-income communities even further behind academically. Your donation today will go directly toward our Reading Together, Anywhere! program to help address this crisis.๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ“– Make a difference for young readers this holiday season by giving now at www.readinginmotion.org/give-2/
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๐Ÿ“ข LAST CHANCE TO ENTER! ๐Ÿ“ข Help us kick off the new school year by entering our Cubs ticket raffle! Give to Reading In Motion by midnight tonight to be entered into a raffle to win tickets to a Cubs game: 2 tickets to the Cubs vs. Reds game on 9/7, or 4 tickets to the Cubs vs. Giants game on 9/12. Every donation (of any amount) gets one entry, but signing up as monthly donor with our Giving Library gets two entries! ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธHOW TO ENTER:
Make a donation at readinginmotion.org/donate by the deadline. Winners will be chosen at random and notified by email on 9/3. Entrants may receive a maximum of 2 entires per person during the raffle period.
This promotion is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with the Chicago Cubs or Instagram. By entering, entrants confirm they are 18+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram's terms of use.
๐Ÿ“ข LAST CHANCE TO ENTER! ๐Ÿ“ข Help us kick off the new school year by entering our Cubs ticket raffle! Give to Reading In Motion by midnight tonight to be entered into a raffle to win tickets to a Cubs game: 2 tickets to the Cubs vs. Reds game on 9/7, or 4 tickets to the Cubs vs. Giants game on 9/12. Every donation (of any amount) gets one entry, but signing up as monthly donor with our Giving Library gets two entries! ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธHOW TO ENTER: Make a donation at readinginmotion.org/donate by the deadline. Winners will be chosen at random and notified by email on 9/3. Entrants may receive a maximum of 2 entires per person during the raffle period. This promotion is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with the Chicago Cubs or Instagram. By entering, entrants confirm they are 18+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram's terms of use.
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Show support for our innovative early literacy program *and* restock your greeting card supply! For the first time ever, you can order exclusive greeting cards featuring the art of a young reader in our program area of Chicago. Learn more & order now at the link in our bio!
Show support for our innovative early literacy program *and* restock your greeting card supply! For the first time ever, you can order exclusive greeting cards featuring the art of a young reader in our program area of Chicago. Learn more & order now at the link in our bio!
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Donate for a chance to win!๐Ÿ˜Š We're kicking off the new school year with a raffle. Give to Reading In Motion between by 9/2 to be entered into a raffle to win tickets to a Cubs game: 2 tickets to the Cubs vs. Reds game on 9/7, or 4 tickets to the Cubs vs. Giants game on 9/12. Every donation (of any amount) gets one entry, but signing up as monthly donor with our Giving Library gets two entries!HOW TO ENTER:
Make a donation at readinginmotion.org/donate by the deadline. Winners will be chosen at random and notified by email on 9/3. Entrants may receive a maximum of 2 entires per person during the raffle period.
This promotion is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with the Chicago Cubs or Instagram. By entering, entrants confirm they are 18+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram's terms of use.
Donate for a chance to win!๐Ÿ˜Š We're kicking off the new school year with a raffle. Give to Reading In Motion between by 9/2 to be entered into a raffle to win tickets to a Cubs game: 2 tickets to the Cubs vs. Reds game on 9/7, or 4 tickets to the Cubs vs. Giants game on 9/12. Every donation (of any amount) gets one entry, but signing up as monthly donor with our Giving Library gets two entries!HOW TO ENTER: Make a donation at readinginmotion.org/donate by the deadline. Winners will be chosen at random and notified by email on 9/3. Entrants may receive a maximum of 2 entires per person during the raffle period. This promotion is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with the Chicago Cubs or Instagram. By entering, entrants confirm they are 18+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram's terms of use.
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We're hiring! We're looking to add an Extra Dosage Instructor to our team to support our small-group literacy instruction in Chicago. ๐Ÿ“– Learn more and apply at the link in our bio!
We're hiring! We're looking to add an Extra Dosage Instructor to our team to support our small-group literacy instruction in Chicago. ๐Ÿ“– Learn more and apply at the link in our bio!
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#GIVEAWAY ALERT!
To celebrate the start of the school year, we're raffling off tickets to a Cubs game: 2 tickets to the Cubs vs. Reds game on 9/7, or 4 tickets to the Cubs vs. Giants game on 9/12! ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธโšพ๐ŸšŒHOW TO ENTER๐Ÿ‘‡
Make a donation at readinginmotion.org/donate by the 9/2. Every donation (of any amount) gets one entry, but signing up as monthly donor with our Giving Library gets two entries! Entrants may receive a maximum of 2 entires per person during the raffle period. Winners will be chosen at random and notified by email on 9/3.This promotion is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with the Chicago Cubs or Instagram. By entering, entrants confirm they are 18+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram's terms of use.
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#GIVEAWAY ALERT! To celebrate the start of the school year, we're raffling off tickets to a Cubs game: 2 tickets to the Cubs vs. Reds game on 9/7, or 4 tickets to the Cubs vs. Giants game on 9/12! ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธโšพ๐ŸšŒHOW TO ENTER๐Ÿ‘‡ Make a donation at readinginmotion.org/donate by the 9/2. Every donation (of any amount) gets one entry, but signing up as monthly donor with our Giving Library gets two entries! Entrants may receive a maximum of 2 entires per person during the raffle period. Winners will be chosen at random and notified by email on 9/3.This promotion is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with the Chicago Cubs or Instagram. By entering, entrants confirm they are 18+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram's terms of use. #giveawayalert #raffle #donate #literacy #cubs #chicagocubs
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Thank you to everyone who attended our Auxiliary Board's 8th Annual Cubs Rooftop Event last night! We had a blast, and we're so grateful to have such an incredible community of supporters--for our city's students, and its team!
Thank you to everyone who attended our Auxiliary Board's 8th Annual Cubs Rooftop Event last night! We had a blast, and we're so grateful to have such an incredible community of supporters--for our city's students, and its team!
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The Cubs Rooftop Event is tonight, so we're giving a shoutout to an incredible sponsor who makes this event possible: @8Hospitality and their restaurants @hvacpub in Wrigley and @hubbardinn in River North! ๐Ÿฝ๏ธ๐Ÿงก
๐ŸŽŸ๏ธGet your tickets online at the link in our bio or at the door to join us tonight!
The Cubs Rooftop Event is tonight, so we're giving a shoutout to an incredible sponsor who makes this event possible: @8Hospitality and their restaurants @hvacpub in Wrigley and @hubbardinn in River North! ๐Ÿฝ๏ธ๐Ÿงก ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธGet your tickets online at the link in our bio or at the door to join us tonight!
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๐Ÿ“ฃCome out to a ball game with Reading In Motion tonight! Join us at our Auxiliary Board's 8th annual Cubs Rooftop Event, a memorable evening of great baseball and great company, all supporting a great cause.โšพ๐Ÿ“šGet your tickets online at the link in our bio or at the door.
๐Ÿ“ฃCome out to a ball game with Reading In Motion tonight! Join us at our Auxiliary Board's 8th annual Cubs Rooftop Event, a memorable evening of great baseball and great company, all supporting a great cause.โšพ๐Ÿ“šGet your tickets online at the link in our bio or at the door.
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We're giving a big shoutout to our Cubs Rooftop Event sponsor: Northwestern Mutual! Thank you for your support of our work and our students, especially during this last year of virtual learning.๐Ÿ˜Š
๐ŸŽŸ๏ธGet & tickets now at the link in our bio!
We're giving a big shoutout to our Cubs Rooftop Event sponsor: Northwestern Mutual! Thank you for your support of our work and our students, especially during this last year of virtual learning.๐Ÿ˜Š ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธGet & tickets now at the link in our bio!
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