Findings in cognitive psychology suggest that without regular practice, facts and the application of academic skills are most 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 to prevent it, and summer programs focusing 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. Students who stay for afternoon enrichment or intensives will have a supervised lunch and recess period from noon to 1 p.m.

Program Catalog

Summer Study: Morning Program, Monday, July 3 through Friday, July 28 (four weeks), 8:45 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday. Cost: $2,370.

The morning Summer Study Program consists of research based programs to improve language, reading, writing, and math.

Optional Afternoon Enrichment: Adventure Club or World Music and Arts, Monday, July 3, through Friday, July 28 (four weeks), 1 to 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Cost: $996.

Optional Afternoon Intensives: Executive Function or HOTS for the Summer (Higher Order Thinking Skills)

HOTS for the Summer (Higher Order Thinking Skills), Monday, July 3, through Friday, July 28 (four weeks), 1 to 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Cost: $1,750.

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:

1. Inferences

2. Characterization

3. Cause/Effect

4. Summarization

The Executive Function Intensive, Monday, July 3, through Friday, July 28 (four weeks), 1 to 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Cost: $1,750.

Does your student consistently struggle to complete, or find, his school assignments? Does he/she express good understanding of the material but just can’t get started or see a project through to completion? These characteristics are typical of executive dysfunction. In 2012, Dr. Russell Barkley, a well-respected executive function expert, said that students with executive function challenges need to “repeatedly practice self-monitoring, self-stopping, seeing the future, saying the future, feeling the future, and playing with the future to effectively plan and go toward the future.” With this guiding principle, the Cambridge 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.”

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