Elms College to Hold 23rd Annual Summer Reading Program July 2 through August 3

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The program makes reading fun again for struggling readers in grades 2 though 8.

Elms College's annual summer reading program is designed to serve children who have reading difficulties in a relaxed and fun environment.

“The goal of this program is to prevent the ‘summer slide,’” said Beth Young, Ed.D., professor of education at Elms College. “On average, children lose three months of reading achievements during the summer break from school."

Elms College will hold its 23rd annual summer reading program, designed to serve children who have reading difficulties in a relaxed and fun environment. Staffed by experienced teachers who are finishing licensure requirements as reading specialists within the Master of Arts in Teaching program, plus members of the college faculty, the five-week program will operate daily from July 2 through August 3.

Children attend 9:30 a.m.-noon and work in small groups. During the program, teachers will carefully assess each child’s needs so that a program of individualized learning activities can be planned. At the conclusion of the program, a written report will describe the student’s strengths and weaknesses and provide recommendations to parents and future teachers.

“The goal of this program is to prevent the ‘summer slide,’” said Beth Young, Ed.D., professor of education at Elms College. “On average, children lose three months of reading achievements during the summer break from school. Children who are struggling to read and write at their grade level cannot afford to fall behind even further, so we find ways to make reading, writing, listening and speaking fun. This program has a relaxed atmosphere rather than a summer school feel and the students are truly sad to go when the five weeks are over.”

A Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) preparation component is included for students who will be in third grade or above in the fall of 2012. For a portion of each week, students will work on reading and writing tasks that mirror those typically found on the MCAS. The goal of these lessons is to improve silent reading comprehension of both fiction and nonfiction and to improve expository writing and test-taking skills.

Enrollment in the summer reading program is limited to students who will enter grades 2-8 in the fall of 2012. Applications are due June 22. To obtain an application or for more information, contact Jeanne Dubuque at 413-265-2250 or dubuquej(at)elms(dot)edu. Applications are reviewed by program staff, and applicants will be notified by mail of their acceptance no later than June 27. The program’s $300 tuition fee is due upon acceptance, and limited scholarship assistance is available for those who qualify.

Elms College is a co-educational, Catholic college offering a liberal arts curriculum that gives students multiple perspectives on life. Founded in 1928 by the Sisters of St. Joseph, Elms College has a tradition of educating reflective, principled, and creative learners, who are rooted in faith, educated in mind, compassionate in heart, responsive to civic and social obligations, and capable of adjusting to change without compromising principle.

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