KidsQuest Journeys

Helping children grow through literacy

KidsQuest Programs 

Reading & Spelling Academy (RSA)NOW ENROLLING!

This class is currently available for children in grades 4-6.  Telling a child to “sound it out” only works part of the time so we use Structured Word Inquiry (SWI) to instead ask them, “What does the word mean?”  This eight-week class is taught by credentialed instructors to help students understand the logic behind English spelling and how English words are structured.  By using hands-on activities to develop this understanding, students improve the ability to encode (spell) and decode (read) words based on the true structure of the English language, which may also improve their vocabulary.  Each class is limited in size and grouped by age to stimulate individualized learning while still promoting peer collaboration.

The spelling academy was wonderful for my son.  I have seen an improvement with his spelling in his class.  It gave him good knowledge on base words and how they can be changed with prefixes and suffixes.  I would definitely sign him up again if there were another class.  Anything to help him improve on reading and spelling.

– Malia Colombo, KidsQuest Parent


Next session begins: January 26th

Every Wednesday, from 4:00 – 5:00 pm, for eight consecutive weeks.

Located at LearningQuest’s Learning Center: 1032 11th St., Modesto, CA 95354

Registration fee: $200 (25 per class)   *50% scholarships available

Tutoring for children with dyslexia — Year-round services!

This program is for children in grades 2-6 with an active IEP for dyslexia or a specific language disability.  Trained volunteer tutors teach students using hands-on activities through the Barton Reading & Spelling System©, an Orton-Gillingham-influenced, simultaneously multisensory, explicit and systematic phonics program.  KidsQuest tutors are also trained to deliver Structured Word Inquiry (SWI) instruction.  In this way, students receive both left-brain (speech, language processing and reading) and right-brain (visual processing, problem solving) instruction.  Student progress is assessed regularly as they move through the Barton levels.  Instruction continues until students achieve grade level competency.  Students will be screened by our reading specialist to see if the Barton program would be an appropriate intervention.

Tutoring Info

One-hour sessions are twice a week between 3 and 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

Located at Stanislaus County Library: 1500 I St., Modesto, CA 95354

Tutoring fee: FREE

KidsQuest Kids

Here are a few of our students – Click on their pictures below to read about their story!

“Leaping Grades and Building Confidence”
Read about Miranda!

“Keelers Keep Going”
Learn about Thomas’ journey!

“Caring for Kelly’s Granddaughters”
Get to know Lily & Ailee!

Volunteer Tutors

Volunteer tutors are one of the main reasons that our literacy programs are available.  Our volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds that make them great tutors: from years of teaching to being an avid book lover or even a parent wanting to learn ways to help their child at home.  In order to help their students succeed, we make sure that tutors always have on-site support, all teaching materials, and training.

All of our tutors have one thing in common – they want to share their love of reading by helping someone else learn to read and write.

Tutors like Tanisha… (click on her photo to read her story)

“Roles Reverse for Tanisha”
Meet parent/tutor, Tanisha!

Interested in services for your child?

Want to become a KidsQuest tutor? 


Catherine Ferrell, Program Coordinator & Reading Specialist   209-613-9864


More data on dyslexia

• Students with dyslexia are NOT unintelligent; in fact, dyslexic students are often highly intelligent. Rather, dyslexia is related to a deficit in the phonological component of language.

• Dyslexia is a specific language disability – neurobiological in origin – that is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding (Source: Lyon, Shaywitz & Shaywitz, 2003).

• Evidence suggests dyslexia is related to an anatomical difference in the brain.

• 72% of California’s 4th graders were not at grade level. Students struggling in reading at the third grade level are 4 times as likely NOT to graduate from high school. Early intervention is the key to closing the achievement gap.

• The earlier a child’s dyslexia is identified and addressed with systematic, intense instruction, the less severe her reading problems will be. (Source: National Institute of Health and Human Development, 2000; Torgeson, 2002.)

KidsQuest Site

Stanislaus County Library
1500 I St., Modesto, CA 95354


Catherine Ferrell, Program Coordinator & Reading Specialist

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