Auburn University’s Summer Reading Program to begin in June

AUBURN – Junior and senior early childhood education and elementary education majors will tutor beginning readers during the 2010 Auburn University Summer Reading Program.

Now in its 13th year, the Summer Reading Program helps children from kindergarten through second grade, especially those who are having difficulty catching on to reading under regular class instruction. Participants receive individual help with reading and writing twice a week from a novice teacher, who in turn benefits from supervised teaching experiences.

Students meet with their tutors 12 times in June and July for 45-minute sessions twice a week, either on Mondays and Wednesdays or on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Most sessions are scheduled at 8 a.m. in Haley Center.

“Tutoring works well in Summer Reading,” said Bruce Murray, associate professor of reading education in the College of Education and Summer Reading Program coordinator. “Our young teachers can focus on matching reading instruction to individual needs. We measure gains across the summer, and often the progress is remarkable.”

The Summer Reading Program features explicit teaching in phoneme awareness, phonics, spelling and writing. Children read at least two books or chapters in each section, write a message on a topic they choose, and usually play a learning game. Depending on the child’s assessed need, the tutor works to develop decoding skill, reading fluency, vocabulary, comprehension and enjoyment of reading.

The program begins with a comprehensive informal assessment. There are daily assessments to check progress during the sessions and a post-test in the final session. Parents receive a literacy report at the end of the program detailing assessment results with recommendations for making continued progress.

“The secret of our success is the patient, positive, individual attention of the teacher, using research-based teaching methods,” said Murray. “Teachers design lessons around the specific interests and needs of students.¬†Children like the undivided attention and the immediate response to their efforts.”

Tuition for the Summer Reading Program is $80. Applications are available online in Word, Adobe, and hypertext formats, along with photos and program information at  Murray may be reached at 844-6934 or

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