Ready to Learn
Ready to Learn is a home-visiting program during which we work with parents to engage their children in developmental activities that help prepare them for kindergarten. Parents also learn the value of pre-k and k-12 education. An additional benefit of this program is that parents learn right along with their children. Trained volunteers meet with the families in the home and work with both the children and parents.
Quote from a Ready to Learn Volunteer:
"Ready to Learn has impacted me majorly. I am so much more comfortable and defensive of the immigrant community in Mankato. It has opened my eyes to a whole new fascinating sub-culture with rock hard values of family, dignity, modesty and respect for elders. It has caused me to use my experiences to erase stereotypes and fight against racism and intolerance in my hometown. I have learned how important and rewarding it is to get out of your comfort zone and learn about, respect and celebrate all people with different religions and different cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Ready to Learn has really kicked that passion into gear for me."
-- Volunteer Ready to Learn
For the past two months I have been interning with the Walking in Two World’s program at the YWCA. I have been focusing most of my time with Ready to Learn. I have been doing home visits with two families in the Mankato area. I see both of the families that I work with in the afternoon on Wednesday’s. The first family I see has two daughters ages 1 and 3. The second family I see has a boy age 4, and two daughters ages 2 and 8 months. Both families have been such a joy to work with.
I usually start off each visit by reading a book with the kids. It is a good way to calm everyone down and get them focused because they are usually very excited to see me when I get there. Depending on the age of the child, we usually go over a variety of material. Colors, shapes, numbers, and letters are reviewed during every visit. When I go over something new with the children and they show me the next week that they remembered what I had just taught them is such a great feeling. Knowing I taught a young child something they will use for the rest of their life is such a rewarding feeling.
Although I have only been doing my home visiting with the families for about a month and a half now, I have definitely seen a change in the kids from when I started. They were all very shy and were not really eager to show me what they knew. Now they get so excited when I come over and they show me what they have been practicing since the last visit. Seeing them excited to learn material to prepare them for kindergarten is such a great feeling. I have really enjoyed the time I have spent with the families.
Walking in Two Worlds, Ready to Learn Program Sponsors