The REACH collection is comprised of interactive, self-paced lessons for both Kindergarten and First Grade. Each lesson includes videos, interactives, games, additional reading and extension activities. The lessons can be used sequentially, assigned by teachers starting at the beginning of the school year to provide additional practice with reading at home. Each lesson is designed to last approximately two weeks but may be used in a variety of ways and in a variety of settings, including in after-school and summer programs, to give every child an opportunity to enjoy reading and improve their skills.
The lessons were developed by a team of reading specialists and classroom teachers from the three partnering school districts, in partnership with ThinkTV, PBS LearningMedia, and other PBS affiliates. Aligned to standards and best classroom practices, the REACH collection covers foundational reading skills, as well as literature and informational texts. The collection is available through PBS LearningMedia, the nation's largest digital media library for educators, at www.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/reach/.
Public Media Connect is Southwest Ohio’s leading provider of education and enrichment in both living rooms and classrooms, serving more than three million people in the Greater Dayton and Cincinnati communities. Through PBS and local programming, innovative multimedia curriculum projects, parent workshops and professional development for teachers, Public Media Connect - ThinkTV/CET - positively impacts southwest Ohio.
The REACH program is part of ThinkTV’s American Graduate initiative, supporting early learning as a cornerstone for success in school.
PBS LearningMedia is a free national digital content service designed specifically for classroom educators. Its educational media resources are free and accessible to any parent, student or teacher in the U.S. with Internet access. PBS LearningMedia is safe, trusted and non-commercial, and has over 1.5 million subscribers, which is an estimated one-third of all classroom teachers in the U.S. - and growing. With over 100,000 digital resources, PBS LearningMedia is expected to surpass other major digital content libraries in number of classroom-ready resources in 2016.