Children's Tutor Resources

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Resources for Children's Literacy Tutors

The Minnesota Literacy Council has a library of games and lesson/program planning resource books available for volunteers and VISTA members to borrow. If you would like to check anything out, please contact literacy council staff. All books, games and materials must be returned to the Minnesota Literacy Council in a timely fashion. Below are several resources, websites and tips to aid in program and lesson planning. 

* Items with an asterisk are resources created by Summer Reads VISTA members

General Tutoring Activities & Lesson Plans

Literacy and enrichment/other subjects

  • Music, Art and Literacy* (using music and art to build reading, writing and speaking skills)
  • Garden Literacy Lesson Plans* (garden and nature-themed activities focused on building literacy skills)
  • Literacy Fun Blog* (literacy activities through sports and math)
  • All Around Us* (a podcast series produced for children that gives children a chance to expand their vocabulary and listening comprehension through exciting and age-appropriate science topics)

Social-emotional learning (SEL) and behavior management

English Language Learners (ELL/ESL) and Culturally Responsive Tutoring

Children with Special Needs

Parent Engagement

Phonics and Fluency Activities 

Comprehension Activities

Vocabulary Activities

Self-Directed Websites and Apps for Students

Self-Directed Activity Guides for Students