The Literacy Center at Monmouth University offers reading and writing assessment and instruction programs for students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. During the summer, there are two different types of programs offered: the Literacy Center Summer Programs and the Literacy Leaders Camp.
The Literacy Center Summer Programs are designed to determine children's strengths and weaknesses in literacy as well as to provide instruction in reading and writing strategies. The programs are grounded in research and linked to national and state standards.
Information on student learning is sent home to the family members weekly. In addition, a conference to discuss the student’s progress in literacy is held at the end of the program.
Teachers seeking graduate degrees in reading and special education conduct the ninety minute or two hour sessions. Professors in the Department of Educational Leadership, School Counseling and Special Education supervise the graduate student clinicians.
The Literacy Leaders Camp is an opportunity for children entering first through fifth grade to enhance their literacy skills through fun, creative projects. The children work directly with teacher candidates under the supervision of an Education professor.
This program’s major focus is on writing. The students will work with their instructor for an hour and a half, twice a week and explore all aspects of the writing process. Students will be assessed and an individual plan will be created and executed for the duration of the program. Reading and good literature are a part of the writing program and are used to provide good models for their writing. The focus here is to explore each student's experience with writing and to provide them with opportunities to become stronger writers.
This program is for students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. Space is extremely limited and students will be accepted on a first come basis.
Reading & Writing Clinic
Prior to the first session, the instructor contacts parents to gather background information. In addition, the instructor uses standardized and informal assessments to determine the best instructional strategies for each child.
A weekly Home-Literacy Center Connection Bulletin is given by the instructor to keep parents informed of their child’s progress. Daily homework logs with assignments are provided for the students. The student must be monitored and supported by the parents to reinforce strategies the child is being taught.
At the conclusion of the program, a conference is held and the parents receive a written progress report which includes: assessment finding, instructional techniques utilized, and recommendations for home and school.
Teacher candidates, under the supervision of a Monmouth University professor of Education, will work with one to three students for a few hours each day to create fun projects that will reinforce and improve each child's literacy skills. This program is appropriate for students who are entering first grade through fifth grade. It is not intended for students who require remedial instruction in school. Materials and snacks will be provided.
Space is extremely limited and students will be accepted on a first come basis.