During RtA Summer Camp, students have an extended opportunity to learn and grow, particularly in their reading skills.
Many factors impact a child’s reading skills, including frequency and quality of interactions with books, knowledge of vocabulary, background knowledge, and foundational skills, such as phonics.
Below are a few things we can partner to do to help improve your child’s reading.
Children benefit tremendously from access to books. During summer school, students have access to a wide variety of books. They have multiple opportunities to read, read, read!
At home, you can provide your child access to books by visiting your local library, selecting and reading books together. Read to your child and listen to him/her read as regularly as possible. Remember to also talk about the books you read together. You can also read at the grocery store, on the road, and anytime you see words.
Rich experiences contribute to children’s background knowledge which is key to understanding what they read. That’s why we are integrating Arts enrichment and Science in this year’s summer camp. As a part of this effort, we are also partnering with Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation to offer an afternoon enrichment camp to students enrolled in RtA.
Outside of the school day, you too can enrich your child’s life! Make visits to museums, the zoo, the park; Engage in hands-on activities at home, in the kitchen, in the yard; Get him/her playing a sport or an instrument, or have him/her engaging in creative learning (e.g. the arts), or studying a second language.
Oral language also helps build children’s reading skills. This can be done by having conversations with adults and peers about a variety of topics and through exposure to words during games and educational programs. All of these activities help to build children’s vocabulary, which contributes greatly to their reading comprehension. During summer camp, children have lots of opportunities to talk and develop oral language skills. They will talk about books, engage in read-alouds, participate in rigorous text discussion lessons, and complete science research. In addition, students will express their thoughts, opinions, and ideas about the books they are reading for both fiction and nonfiction texts.