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Summer Program

Reading Instruction

The Tufts Summer Reading Program offers a multi-dimensional approach to reading instruction that focuses on development of skills essential to learning as well as reading. The program incorporates practices proven essential to effective summer instruction including small class sizes, use of evidence-based instruction, parental involvement, and ongoing progress monitoring. In addition the program embeds research-based motivational strategies, designed to encourage persistence, engagement and independent learning into every aspect of instruction. Along these lines we have formulated general instructional plans and goals for the three different types of students who participate in our program.

  • Foundational Readers
    Students entering the 2nd grade with emerging phonics and sight word abilities. The goal of summer instruction for these students is to continue building foundational skills including short and long vowel, consonant blends and sight word knowledge. Instruction will include the RAVE-O program paired with a systematic phonological program (such as Orton Gillingham or Wilson Reading). Together these programs will emphasize decoding skills, reading fluency, comprehension and spelling. Students will also receive explicit instruction in sight word recognition using the multi-sensory Sight Words You Can See Program, and guided reading instruction using best practices in the field.
     
  • Rising Readers
    Students entering 3rd or 4th grade with emerging foundational phonics, sight word, fluency, and comprehension abilities. The goal of summer instruction for these students is to continue developing their foundational knowledge while engaging their interests with developmentally appropriate texts. Instruction will include the RAVE-O program paired with a systematic phonological program (such as Orton Gillingham or Wilson Reading), Sight Words You Can See to consolidate sight word recognition, and best practices from guided reading instruction. Together these programs will emphasize decoding skills, reading fluency, comprehension and spelling. Assistive technology will also be utilized to support students with their reading and writing assignments.
     
  • Transitional Readers
    Students entering 3rd - 5th grade who already possess foundational phonics, sight word, fluency and comprehension abilities and are transitioning from learning to read to reading to learn. The goal of summer instruction for these students is to continue developing their decoding, fluency and comprehension skills through the basic RAVE-O and/or RAVE-O Plus programs and develop their written expression skills through the strategy based writing instruction. Students in this group often spend a portion of the program working on a project of personal interest that requires them to integrate multiple literacy skills.