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Push back against summer slide at Camp Fort Worth

Posted July 1, 2020

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Camp Fort Worth participants will experience reading best practices integrated into recreation, sports, crafts and games.

Teachers have long been familiar with the “summer slide” — or the loss of reading skills among young learners during three months away from the classroom. Now educators are warning about the damage inflicted by “coronavirus slide,” which may deprive children of six months or more of classroom instruction.

Such a slide is expected to lead to a 30% loss in learning compared to a normal school-year, experts say.

Enrolling children ages 5-13 in Camp Fort Worth, with its robust reading curriculum, can help slow the slide.

Camp sessions run 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Camp fee is $30 per week with scholarships available; campers can register weekly for as many weeks as they wish.

The city’s 100x25 Reading Instruction Program is a component of Camp Fort Worth.

“Reading instruction is provided at no additional cost during summer day camp by experienced instructors,” said Gleniece Robinson, the city’s director of educational strategies. “In addition to teaching reading, literacy instructors will also conduct baseline reading assessments. Knowing the child’s reading level will be helpful to parents as they continue to engage with children at home.”

Camp staff will reinforce reading best practices through activities integrated into recreation, sports, crafts and games.

Each Camp Fort Worth location will have a collection of materials from the recommended reading list provided by Texas Wesleyan University professors. Each participant will take at least one book home to keep.

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