Findings in cognitive psychology suggest that without regular practice, retention of facts and the application of academic skills are susceptible to regression. Some regression is expected for all children over the summer months, but learning different children are often profoundly affected by the lapse in instruction. The best remedy for regression is prevention, and summer programs that focus on remedial, accelerated, or enriched learning have been shown to have a positive effect on the knowledge and skills of students. (Cooper et al., 2000)

Below you will find information on the programs being offered at Cambridge School this summer. In addition to its annual morning Summer Study Program, Cambridge School is offering select afternoon intensives facilitated by our Speech-Language Pathologists. They present an opportunity to “fill in the gaps” in a student’s learning profile to promote greater success.

All programs are open to grades K to 12. The Morning Program will run from Monday, July 2, through Friday, July 27 (four weeks), 8:45 a.m. to noon. The Afternoon Enrichment and Intensives will be held Monday, July 2, through Thursday, July 26 (four weeks), 1-3 p.m.

Summer Study Morning Program: The morning Summer Study Program consists of research based academic instruction to improve language, reading, writing, and math.

Optional Afternoon Enrichment: Monday, July 2, through Thursday, July 26 (four weeks), 1 to 3 p.m. The following options will be offered:

1. Adventure Club

2. World Music and Arts

3. Afternoon Intensives:

a. HOTS I for the Summer (Higher Order Thinking Skills). We will use stories to build your child’s critical thinking and critical reading skills. Our work together will focus on building four important elements of reading: inferences, characterization, cause/effect, summarization.

b. HOTS II for the Summer. The students will be developing high-level thinking skills with a strong emphasis on the development of executive function needed for academics and planning multi-step projects. This Intensive is facilitated by our speech-language pathologists. The program is open to middle school through high-school students.

c. The Executive Function Intensive. Does your student consistently struggle to complete, or find, his school assignments and tasks at home? Does he/she express good understanding of the material but just can’t get started or see a project through to completion? Does he/she experience difficulty understanding sportsmanship when winning and/or losing a game? These characteristics are typical of executive dysfunction.

Executive Function Intensive will:

• Introduce and practice the concept of feeling the passage of time

• Provide concrete strategies for time planning and management

• Improve the ability to plan and execute a multi-step task through to completion

• Practice and apply specific organization strategies for backpacks, lockers, and study areas

• Improve situational awareness and self-regulation skills through the practice of “reading the room.”

• Understand and manage emotional reactions, such as anxiety and stress in challenging settings/assignments that may interfere with availability to learn

• Develop problem solving strategies to build self-esteem and confidence

For more information please visit our website at www.thecambridgeschool.org

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