SUMMER CAMPS

Instruction will be delivered via online Zoom Meeting; materials will be provided

 

DECODING & READING FLUENCY INSTRUCTION FOR MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

July 27 - August 7, 2020
9:30AM - 3:30PM

This is an intensive, 60-hour camp designed to address reading disfluency in older students who did not receive an adequate foundation in reading and spelling skills in elementary school. Students will:
 

  • Receive pre- and post-assessments to measure progress

  • Receive a brief, fascinating history of the English Language and its layers

  • Learn/review accurate speech sounds linked with cursive letter formation 

  • Learn/review the six types of syllables, with emphasis on closed-, open-, and final-stable-syllables

  • Learn syllable division rules with ample practice dividing multi-syllable words into their component syllables

  • Learn dozens of Greek and Latin morphemes

  • Practice a structured procedure for spelling words of any length or complexity

  • Learn about text structure (phrases, clauses, conjunctions), intonation, and prosody 

 

Reading fluency is key to life-long learning, to the enjoyment of literature and other forms or reading material, and, often, to a successful career. It is never too late to become the very best reader one can be.
 

ACADEMIC WRITING SKILLS INSTRUCTION FOR MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS 

August 17 to August 21, 2020
9:30AM - 1:30PM

For students who struggle with written output, instruction must be granular and practiced to mastery at the subskill level. This camp emphasizes a structured approach using manipulatives (LEGOs) to promote understanding and long-term recall of procedures.  Specifically, students will learn about:

  • The neuro-functions and subskills required when generating written language, and why writing seems so hard!

  • Multisensory grammar (the language of sentence building)

  • Writing mechanics (capitalization, punctuation, indenting, spelling, etc.)

  • The concepts of whole-to-parts and parts-to-whole through categorizing and classifying activities and how they relate to the writing process

  • Brainstorming and categorizing as critical pre-writing steps

  • Sentence structure, expansion, variation, and enhancement

  • Paragraph development 

  • Essay development 

  • Analyzing essay prompts and a "rapid response technique"

  • Proofreading and editing

 

In middle school and high school, students are expected to prove what they have learned through their written responses to a variety of prompts. Writing need not be burdensome; in fact, it can be a pleasurable activity if students have a set of effective, efficient "go to" procedures like the kind this camp offers.

EXECUTIVE FUNCTION
BOOT CAMP
FOR MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS 

August 17 to August 21, 2020
2:00PM - 3:30PM

Combatting executive dysfunction requires awareness, customized systems, and skills. This boot camp is for students whose backpacks, binders, and lockers are usually stuffed with crumpled papers; who make poor use of time; who just can't seem to start or finish assignments; or who may complete assignments but fail to turn them in on time. Sound familiar?

During this creative, collaborative camp, students will assess their strengths and weaknesses and explore a wide variety of foundational executive functioning tools and techniques.  They will develop a set of personalized go-to strategies for handling all aspects of academic life -- from improving their sleep, nutrition, and exercise routines; managing their time and materials; capturing assignments consistently; using mind-mapping and pre-writing planning methods, and studying effectively. 

With the right systems in place, students can approach the new school year with confidence.   

 

 

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