Caz preschool announces return of Reading Camp

Cazenovia Community Preschool recently announced the return of Reading Camp for the fourth consecutive summer. Reading Camp is a research-based early reading intervention program for children entering grades 1 through 3. The eight-week program uses small group instruction to address the 5 key components (phonics, phonemic awareness, fluency, comprehension, vocabulary) recommended by the National Reading Panel.

According to instructor Kelli Johnson, "The pre- and post-assessment results of the students in the summer reading program provide evidence of the effectiveness. Not only are there measurable gains of the skills covered for every student, but the childrens' confidence with reading is noticeably improved. That 'a-ha' moment when all the direct, explicit instruction 'gels' never ceases to be gratifying for the student and the educator," instructor Kelli Johnson said. Johnson is a NYS certified teacher who has led the program since its inception.

Parents of children who have participated in the past have seen the positive impact firsthand.

"Who would think that reading camp would be fun? Our daughter did!" parent Keith Comfort said. She honestly was excited to go to each session. She learned a number of new reading strategies that she continuously applied throughout the following school year. She also gained confidence in her abilities to tackle spelling and reading challenges. She wants to sign up for reading camp again this summer."

CCP is still registering for this program, but space is limited. Need-based tuition assistance may be available.

CCP is also offering Art and Creative Drama camps for children entering Kindergarten through second grade. Contact Director Lauren Lines at LLRLines@aol.com or 655-7234 for more information about all of CCP's programs.

Lauren Lines is Cazenovia Community Preschool director.

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