In order to improve children’s literacy and prevent the summer slide, we have spent this summer incorporating literacy, language building, and comprehension activities into our one-week camps, Read & Rise camps, and through our Read & Ring.
The Summer of Wonder one-week Read and Rise camps have included programs, workshops and activities for both parents/educators. For parents, educators and camp counselors, the ABC’s of Active Reading Workshop provided useful methods for making reading experiences with children more worthwhile. The Free Library of Philadelphia Worker Visit also facilitated activities for adults and children to encourage them to implement reading everyday. Campers could partake in the Read and Rise Read-a Thon challenge where they were encouraged to read as many books as they could during their camp downtime and the “Read to Me” session where students sign up to read aloud to a special guest, whether that be a person or a pet.
Our four-week Read and Rise camps, with over 100+ sites and over 60 of which we partner with, have added literacy components to already-existing camps. These already-existing camps include everything from sports to chess to theatre camps. One example, reading the instructions for a game or reading about the theme of the camp can help build literacy skills in environments the child is interested in. Thanks to all of our literary coaches, we were able to support these camps by adding this element.
This summer, young readers have also had the opportunity to call Eagles’ wide receiver Torrey Smith, Power 99’s Cappuccino, or Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney to tell them what they’ve been reading, what it’s about and why they liked it. Encouraging children to engage with others about reading and practice recounting what they read will also help improve literacy. We have received over 100 calls from young readers, but the summer isn’t over yet! There is still time to call to talk about your recent reading. For more information on Read and Ring, click here.
If you’re looking for additional year-round literacy-building resources, please visit readby4th.org for more information.