Travel the World Through Reading - 1st Grade Reading Readiness Camp

In this camp, learners will have fun learning about various cultures through 1st grade fiction and non-fiction, learning strategies that help make reading more fun, and reviewing key phonics skills through fun games.
Karen Welo
139 total reviews for this teacher
4 reviews for this class
Completed by 22 learners
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45 minutes

per class

5x per week

over 1 week


year olds


learners per class

per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

Learners will learn active comprehension skills in both oral and reading comprehension, including making predictions, empathizing with characters, connecting to experience and other texts, and asking questions.
Learners will gain experience of various kinds of text - fiction, folktales, and non-fiction.
Learners will become aware of representations of a variety of cultures and ways of life, including daily activities, cultural values, and unique heritages.
Learners will improve in phonics skills, including letter-sound correspondence, recognizing digraphs, and decoding CVC, CVCC, and CCVC words.
Learners will improve their reading fluency through practice reading real texts.
In my undergrad and post-grad education, I've studied cultural and linguistic anthropology.  This has given me a foundation in respect for all cultures and the dynamics of multicultural societies.  I also lived in a non-Western, developing nation for 7 years, further increasing my sensitivity to intercultural and multicultural issues.  As a teacher, I've had the privilege of teaching students from a variety of diverse backgrounds, and experiencing their interest in both books that feature characters like themselves, and that open their eyes to the humanity of characters unlike themselves.  I have done extensive reading and belong to several online discussion groups in order to keep current with best practices for presenting diverse books to children.  Whenever possible, I choose books written from an "own voices" perspective to ensure respectful and accurate representation.
Although there is not specific homework, learners are highly encouraged to read and play our phonics games with their families.
3 hours 45 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
I am careful to choose books that are a gentle, developmentally appropriate, and positive introduction to different cultures and ways of life.  I prioritize books by authors who are from the culture they write about whenever possible. Since these books are from a variety of different cultures, your learner may encounter customs, values, or life circumstances that are different from what they are used to.  For example, a character in a book may celebrate a different holiday.  A child may work to help her family, or a community's religious customs may be briefly mentioned. That's a positive thing!  Cultural differences will be handled in a sensitive and respectful way in this class.  You may want to be prepared to discuss cultural diversity with your child.


Karen WeloOutschool Teacher
139 total reviews
172 completed classes

About Me

     I’ve been working with children for 15 years – from teaching reading classes to working in public and private schools to tutoring to now homeschooling my own children.  I’m passionate about teaching students the skills they need to be... 
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