Keeping learning fun while improving academic foundations
Because students look forward to summer without school, my summer programs emphasize fun as students shore up their academic foundations and sharpen their skills. This is especially important for students who struggle with transitioning back into the structured school environment in the fall.
I offer support for summer school courses, core subjects and standardized tests. I can meet with you to generate a summer curriculum tailored to your child’s needs. Summertime presents an excellent opportunity to address deficits and build skills in math foundation, reading comprehension and essay writing.
Cultivating a love of reading
Although my summer program and curriculum is unique for each student, one common theme is that I promote the value of reading. The summer months present an opportunity for students to improve reading comprehension and concentration.
The benefits of reading are well-evidenced. Reading helps students to:
- strengthen their brains and build new connections
- learn to sit quietly and focus
- learn about people, places, and events outside of their own experiences
- improve vocabulary and language skills
- develop their imaginations
- develop empathy
- achieve in all subjects, not just English
Students who read independently become better readers and score higher on achievement tests in all subject areas.
I encourage younger learners (ages 6-13) to select several titles from my summer reading lists. In between tutoring sessions, each student reads 30 minutes per night and takes notes on the setting, plot, characters, conflict and theme. My goal is for each student to understand these five main elements of a story and to develop a love of reading for pleasure.
Helping with summer reading assignments
For high school students, I offer support and guidance with their summer reading assignments. In my comprehensive library of resources, I have study materials for most of the major literary works. This helps the students prepare for the tests and essays that greet them at the end of August. The critical summer months offer an excellent opportunity for me to demonstrate to learners how to read literature and understand themes, motifs, character development, plot development and literary devices.
I am happy to meet with you and your child for a free half-hour consultation to discuss an appropriate summer program. You can preview a variety of curriculum options, and together we can design a summer format best suited to your child’s academic needs.