Summer Programming

The LitCoLab at Park Books is please to present reading, writing and other academic programming to keep your kids engaged and ready for the next school year! Due to the tremendous success of last year’s programs, we have decided to expand our offerings! If interested, don’t delay! Space is limited and every reader will require an in-house reading/writing assessment in order to be placed appropriately in the program.

Small Group Reading

Small group reading instruction is ideal for students entering Kindergarten through 5th grade. Small group reading lessons are rooted in the science of reading. Readers are taught using a systematic, multi-sensory approach that will engage even the most reluctant reader. Teachers utilize Orton-Gillingham methods, games and other activities to teach and/or reenforce reading skills. All small group reading sessions will include word work (spelling). Older readers (4th/5th grade) will focus heavily on comprehension during small group reading sessions. Sessions run either 4 or 6 weeks and groups of 3-5 readers will meet 2-3 times a week. Morning, afternoon and evening sessions will be offered. On average, our readers grow 1-2 reading levels over the course of one session.

4 Week Option– Day

Session 1 Morning: July 6-July 29 M/W/Th (11 morning meetings) 25 minutes between 9:30-12 p.m.

Afternoon: July 6-July 29 M/W/Th (11 afternoon sessions) 25 minutes between 1-3 p.m.

Session 2 Morning: Aug 1-Aug 26. M/W/Th (12 morning meetings) 25 minutes between 9:30-12 p.m.

Afternoon: Aug 1-Aug 26. M/W/Th (12 morning meetings) 25 minutes between 1-3 p.m.

6 Week Option– Evening

Session 3 Evening: July 11-August 17 M/W (12 evening meeting) 25 minutes between 4:30-7 p.m.

Additional information

Meetings will take place in a 25 minute increments within the time period of 9:30 to 12 p.m. for morning sessions, 1-3 p.m. for afternoon sessions and 4:30-7 p.m. for evening sessions.

Groups are skills based and will be assigned after the initial assessment. All readers must participate in an individual reading assessment (30-45 minutes) for a one time fee of $99. Returning students from the spring sessions do not need to reassess. During assessment, families will be asked to share their desired Session and if they prefer morning, afternoon, or evening meetings.

Due to the specialized nature of our programming, we are unable to accommodate movement within a session period to a different meeting time. We do encourage readers to read with us all summer! Save $100 if you enroll in both Session 1 and 2 and read with us all summer long!

Fee for Small Group Reading 1-5

Session 1: $457 Morning or afternoon (July 6-29, M/W/Th, 25 mins/11 meetings)

Session 2: $499. (25 mins/12 meetings)

Enroll for both session 1 & 2: $856

Session 3: $499. (25 mins/12 meetings)

Reading assessment: $99. (Spring returning readers do not need to be reassessed)

Writing Workshops

Writing workshops are an excellent option for kids who are reading on grade level that would benefit from direct instruction in academic and/or creative writing. No assessment necessary.

Creative Writing Workshop for Middle Grades * 5th-7th grade: Aug. 1-5. 9:30-12 p.m. $320

Creative Writing Workshop for High School * 8th-12th grade: Aug. 8-12. 9:30-12 p.m. $320

Academic Writing Workshop for Rising 4th & 5th graders: Aug. 22-26 9:30-12 p.m. $320

Academic Writing Workshop for Rising 4th & 5th graders: Aug. 22-26 5:00-7:30 p.m. $320

Academic Writing Workshop for Middle School *rising 6th-8th grade: Aug. 15-19 5:00-7:30 $320

Teacher Guided Book Club for 4th & 5th Graders

Teacher-guided book clubs are a great opportunity for on-grade-level 4th and 5th graders to read a novel with the support of a weekly discussion meeting with a teacher. Readers will be provided a book on the first meeting, engage in a motivational, pre-reading lesson, and set a plan for reading (executive functioning skill). During subsequent meetings, readers will be taught to participate in a Socratic style seminar surrounding the text. Make novel reading engaging and fun with an out-of-school bookclub! Texts chosen will be highly engaging and meet the needs of ALL readers! Readers should be able to read 200 pages over the course of 3 weeks (about 10 pages a day). This is a great way to improve stamina, be social and engage in new genres. $165 (includes book)

July Book Club: Meets Tuesday evenings at 6 p.m. 7/5, 7/12, 7/19, 7/26

August Book Club: Meets Tuesday evenings at 6 p.m. 8/2, 8/9, 8/16, 8/23

Intro to Keyboarding

Learning to type efficiently is a first important step in becoming a proficient computer user. Learning to keyboard requires a positive approach and should be delivered in a concentrated time frame.

Our goal is to move keyboarders from hunt and peck to coordinated touch typing. We aim our instruction to kids entering grades 4th-12th. If your child is typing less than 10 words per minute, consider giving this a try! We will help your child develop proper techniques which should help them to evolve into a faster speed. We used a language based approach using real words with common vowel patterns that may even help to improve spelling! Students must bring a laptop or Chromebook to class.

Intro to keyboarding= $299

Session 1 Intro to keyboarding: July 11-22 M/T/W/Th (2 weeks) 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Session 2 Intro to keyboarding: July 25-Aug 4 M/T/W/Th (2 weeks) 1-2 p.m.

Session 3: Intro to keyboarding: Aug 8-11 M/T/W/Th (1 week intensive) 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Kindergarten Readiness

Rising Kindergarteners will practice letter formation, letter sounds, learn/review writing their name, practice cutting, early book handling, socialization skills and other important kindergarten readiness skills! All materials and snacks will be provided. (Parents may provide nut-free snack if so desired) Max: 5 students per session. $329 (No registration or assessment required).

Session 1 Kindergarten Readiness: July 5-July 28 T/Th 9:30-11:30 (4 weeks/twice a week)

Session 2 Kindergarten Readiness: August 2-25 T/Th 9:30-11:30 (4 weeks/twice a week)