We are thrilled to see our groundbreaking LitCamp featured on Yahoo! Finance. Read an excerpt below and click here to see the full story.
LitCamp, a groundbreaking summer reading program created by the literacy-focused nonprofit LitWorld, is launching this summer in more than 1,000 K–6 classrooms across the United States after a successful pilot season last year. Developed and published by Scholastic, the global children's publishing, education and media company, the innovative program combines research-based reading and writing lessons with an interactive summer camp approach. LitCamp engages students through the use of personal narrative, active learning through play, and resilience-building activities, redefining the whole notion of summer school for districts large and small, from New York to California.
"We are reinventing literacy learning by starting with values such as courage, belonging, and confidence, finding that deeper level of engagement by elevating the students' own stories and surrounding them with the joy and exuberance of literacy," said Pam Allyn, LitWorld's Executive Director. "LitCamp brings text to life, providing children with a more robust literacy experience through all of its modes—reading, writing, storytelling, singing and acting, proper grammar, rich vocabulary, and critical thinking."
LitCamp is adaptable to summer reading initiatives because it includes easy-to-implement, standards-aligned literacy lessons, high-quality fiction and nonfiction literature, engaging group activities, and dedicated time for independent reading. In New York City, LitCamps will create a supportive, summer literacy community and cultivate social-emotional development for students as one part of the Department of Education's "Summer in the City" initiative, a brand-new approach to summer school for grades 2–12, which combines new curriculum, college-level and STEM-oriented enrichment programming, and educational visits to local cultural institutions.
"By bringing LitCamps to more children, we're increasing access to books and opportunities to enhance skills instead of risking their loss while school is out of session—two critical elements of supporting student growth," noted Michael Haggen, Chief Academic Officer, Scholastic Education.