Reading camp for elementary students coming this summer

March 19, 2013

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The College of Education is offering the Penn State Reading Camp for elementary school students again in 2013. The camp is scheduled for July 8 to Aug. 1, Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Chambers Building.

The Penn State Reading Camp is designed for reluctant readers and those who are experiencing challenges in developing their literacy.

“Our goal is to help students address the question, ‘What are reading and writing for?’” said Coordinator Kathleen Shannon.

Students enrolled in the Reading Camp read across all types of texts in order to become experts. Students then can make museum exhibits and express their new expertise through writing nonfiction, fiction, scripts, poetry, lyrics, maps, diagrams and more. Students will have a chance to work with the artist-in-residence who helps them represent their new knowledge in installation art, sculpture, painting and collage as well as print.

Through this process, students learn decoding, comprehension and fluency strategies while participating in large-group, small-group and independent activities based on their interests and needs, according to Shannon.

The Reading Camp offers a 3-to-1 student-to-teacher ratio. The camp’s teachers are Penn State master's degree students who are enrolled in the capstone experience for Reading Specialist certification.

The enrollment fee is $50. For more information or to register for the camp, contact Shannon by email at kds12@psu.edu.

  • A student focuses on her art project at the College of Education's Summer Reading Camp.

    A student focuses on her art project at the College of Education's Summer Reading Camp.

    IMAGE: Penn State
  • Two Summer Reading Camp participants express themselves through art.

    Two Summer Reading Camp participants express themselves through art.

    IMAGE: Penn State
  • An instructor helps a student build a project during the Summer Reading Camp.

    An instructor helps a student build a project during the Summer Reading Camp.

    IMAGE: Penn State
  • A student quietly reads a book at the College of Education's Summer Reading Camp.

    A student quietly reads a book at the College of Education's Summer Reading Camp.

    IMAGE: Penn State
  • A student at the Summer Reading Camp translates what she has learned into a piece of art.

    A student at the Summer Reading Camp translates what she has learned into a piece of art.

    IMAGE: Penn State
  • An instructor at the College of Education's Summer Reading Camp works on a project with a student.

    An instructor at the College of Education's Summer Reading Camp works on a project with a student.

    IMAGE: Penn State
  • The work of Summer Reading Camp students is displayed on a bulletin board.

    The work of Summer Reading Camp students is displayed on a bulletin board.

    IMAGE: Penn State
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Last Updated March 21, 2013