Thematic literacy. Project-based learning. Enrichment. And recreation. It’s all part of our comprehensive summer learning program! And enrollment is underway.
With the theme of The Amazing Summer Race, the 2016 summer academic block wove together literacy and project-based learning using a multi-faceted approach. Students scavenged for new knowledge and uncovered fascinating facts through reading, research, and exploration. Our 2017 program theme is under wraps for now — because it will be based on the book selected for this year’s Youth One Book, One Denver campaign. Expect an announcement from Mayor Hancock on March 20th at Ashley Elementary School.
Whatever the theme, the academic block will help students increase their literacy skills through participation in:
- Targeted phonics interventions, including sound-blending, word de-coding, and vocabulary building.
- Guided reading, which provides “significant and positive impact” for struggling readers.
- Shared reading, which promotes vocabulary development, and comprehension, and
- Project-based learning, a student-driven approach that deepens content learning and increases student engagement.
Afternoons were filled with more hands-on learning, field trips, and recreation activities. This robust array of activities helps kids broaden their knowledge of the world beyond their neighborhoods. It enables kids to explore a variety of new activities. And helps students develop skills essential for ongoing success – including the ability to build positive relationships and to work collaboratively toward common goals.
This year, we also will offer summer enrichment camps in partnership with Denver’s Department of Parks and Recreation. Visit our partner schools page for details on summer programming at each school site.