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Practitioner Expert Background

This practitioner has her master’s degree and has been a special educator working with elementary aged students for 20 years.  For the past three years, she has been working at an afterschool program using KidzLit.  She uses it on a daily basis, for about a half hour at a time. Students in her program are elementary school aged. Most are on free and reduced lunch, and many are English language learners.


  • There are a number of standard trainings, about three hours long.
  • Preparation is minimal, and consists of a brief weekly staff meeting where instructors use and practice the games and activities they will be using for the week.
  • Guide is very clear in telling staff what they need to do. Once they are more familiar with it, they can then use a little more creativity in what they do.
  • All needed materials are provided.
  • Group size of 10-12 students is usually ideal, can break down into smaller groups for games.

Student Engagement

  • Students enjoy and relate really well to the stories.
  • Students particularly enjoy the hands-on aspect of the program. Learning is fun and engaging for them.
  • Students help each other and feel like they can make mistakes and that no one will make fun of them.
  • Age-appropriate games and materials.
  • Parent involvement is a key aspect of this curriculum, and parents like the curriculum. Games can easily be taught to parents so they can play at home with their children.


Adaptability to instructor needs
  • Teacher can make activities more or less challenging.
  • Adaptable to the needs of the instructor or the students.
  • There are certain skills that need to be taught, but how they are taught is up to the instructor.
General skills taught
  • Demonstrates to students that learning is fun.
  • Demonstrates to students that it is okay to try new things and make mistakes.
  • Develops friendship skills.
Addressing diverse student needs
  • Books and stories are representative of different cultures and backgrounds.
  • Students of all backgrounds engage in and enjoy the curriculum.

Strengths and Challenges

  • Engaging literature curriculum.
  • Helps build character, values, and social skills as well as reading skills.
  • Large number and variety of books.
  • This practitioner found no major challenges with the curriculum.

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