What is an RTM Reader?
Readers at the Read-to-Me level must learn to LOVE books. They need to learn how books work and why people enjoy reading them. They learn to enjoy sitting by themselves and pointing to the words in picture books as they “pretend read” the books to themselves. RTM students need to experience thousands of books shared in enjoyable settings in preparation for learning to read. There is no shortcut to the vocabulary, background knowledge, language experience, reading identity, attention span, genre exposure, and phonemic awareness that come through being read to, one-on-one, for the 2,000 hours that is typical of the successful readiness reader. Organize your daily schedule and recruit helpers (adults and older students) to make sure every RTM student falls in love with books and becomes a 500-Book Kid.