Program aims to improve English language skills

The Caterpillar Club wants kids to master strategies for learning that will boost confidence so they perform better in school

Group little girl with brush painting on table in kindergarten . Top view.

The Caterpillar Club in Lasalle is a new literacy centre offering a combination of reading, writing, and art to help students with their English language skills. It’s geared to kids who may be struggling in school, international students learning English as a second language, or for kids who just enjoy reading and writing and want to improve their English skills. Primarily for kids in kindergarten to Grade 3, the program can accommodate kids up to Grade 6 as well.

Each week, there will be English lessons with a different artistic theme. Kids will spend the first half of every morning working on their reading, writing and speaking skills, including reading comprehension, sentence structure, and grammar. There will also be creative writing activities. The second half of the morning will be spent creating an art piece that goes along with the week’s theme, which will be based on books by famous children’s authors like Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein.

The goal is for kids to come out of the program with a new skill set, strategies for learning, and confidence in language arts that will help them perform better in school.

There are six weekly sessions beginning July 1. Students attend from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday to Friday, and parents can choose to sign their kids up for as many weeks as they would like. The program costs $130 for the first week, with big discounts for multiple weeks. There will be one teacher for every 10 students.

For more information, visit facebook.com/caterpillarclub123.