Could we close the #OpportunityGap with TV?
What if, an elementary school in a struggling neighborhood had multiple sets of Leap Frog videos? What if, that elementary school targeted the four and five year old siblings of enrolled students, and gave those children access to the phonics videos, in sequential, three week intervals? What if those four and five year olds entered Kindergarten in the fall already knowing their letters, sounds, and C-V-C words?
For $150 you could buy nine or ten Leap Frog and Preschool Prep videos, a box of Ziploc backs, and a ream of copy paper. Then you would bag up the videos with the following flyers:
Congratulations on being _________’s little brother! Greenwood Elementary school is so excited to have you as part of our extended family, and we are looking forward to you entering Kindergarten this fall. Are you ready to start your learning adventure a bit early? If so, go ahead and borrow The Letter Factory for the next three weeks, and watch it as much as you would like. Return this video on _________ and we will send home The Talking Words Factory for you to borrow next. Happy viewing!
Would this idea work? Would it improve test scores? Should I let this idea go, or should I think about it some more?