So, just to review, this is what I have signed my daughter up for this summer. It’s a free literacy summer camp program…
Our Summer Academic Camp is an eight week intense program for students entering 1st – 8th grade. The program runs from 7:30 – 6:00, Monday – Friday. Students focus on reading with the help of certified teachers, youth counselors, and volunteer tutors. Students read from 8:30 – 11:30 each morning. The program uses “Accelerated Reader” to track each students progress. They are given a lunch and then exposed to a variety of activities including: field trips to the pool, the movies, the theater, the zoo, private music lessons, dance lessons, the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, the Kansas City Library. Students are given a light dinner.
Reading: Each student is tested at the beginning of the program in the STAR system to determine the grade level they are reading on. Then, each day from 8:00am – 11:30am, the students read books based on that reading level. The goal is to have each student work with a tutor to enhance the reading process, and encourage the student to stay on task. Once the book is completed, the student walks to the computer lab to take a comprehension quiz on the book they have just read. These quizzes are provided by a program called Accelerated Reader. The quiz helps our teachers evaluate how the student is progressing at the current level and once they are scoring 80% or above consistently, they are moved up to the next level.
Each reading level is broken down to grade level and month level. For example, 2.1 is second grade, first month. Reading is the center of the program. As the summer comes to a close, the students are tested again in the STAR system to see how much they have progressed.
Math: Math is essential to the education of our students. More sophisticated tutors are used to work with students one-on-one in math. Tutors will also work with students on homework involving math. Recently, we tested the math software used by the Kansas City, KS school district, and are exploring programs.
Nutrition & Wellness: Each student is provided with a nutritious dinner every afternoon. We recently began working with the Calvary Fitness Center to provide nutritional education, and exercise opportunities, including running, bicycle, climbing wall, fencing, and games.
Field Trips: Field trips take place in the afternoon when reading is finished. Field trips provide an outlet of fun and a reward for the students’ hard work on reading and math. They also benefit the local community businesses and become part of our neighborhood model.
All of this is FREE to our families. Our program is open to all students, regardless of family income. Our students are not required to pass a reading level. We employ teachers who speak multiple languages to work with parents that do not speak English as a first language. We try our best to accommodate all of our applicants. We do not turn any students away until our capacity has been met.
I’m very excited about this program for two big reasons.
#1 – I really think that this will benefit Emily. She will be practicing reading each morning she is there (I’m planning on it being Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays) and it will give her some exposure to new kids and a slightly more organized learning structure.
#2 – I just took a look at MY schedule and I really think I will be able to crank out book #5, the first book of a new series, this summer with the time I will have freed up.
Killing two birds with one stone. Works for me!