Auburn University College of Education summer reading program for K-2 begins in June

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The Auburn University Summer Reading Program will provide personalized instruction beginning in June for elementary school students who have encountered difficulty developing reading skills through regular class instruction.

The program is open to children in kindergarten through second grade. Beginning readers will receive individualized tutoring from junior and senior elementary education majors in Auburn University”s College of Education. There may also be openings for some older elementary students who are having difficulty with reading.

The program features teaching in phoneme awareness, phonics, spelling and writing. Children read at least two books or chapters in each session, write a message on a topic of their choice and play learning games. Tutors will work to develop decoding skills, reading fluency, vocabulary, comprehension and enjoyment of reading based on each child”s assessed needs. Parents will receive a literacy report at the end of the program detailing assessment results with recommendations for making continued progress.

“We use a diagnostic teaching model,” said Bruce Murray, an associate professor in the College of Education and coordinator of the program. “The tutors use assessments to identify the correspondences, strategies or skills students need and then design individualized lessons to meet those needs. Children thrive on this one-on-one help.”

Students will 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.

Murray said one parent provided the following feedback about the program: “I cannot tell you how much I appreciate your reading program. It is probably the best reading program I have ever experienced! I am a former first grade teacher and always looking for different ideas to share with my own children. I love the idea of your program being so individualized. I feel like every child was ‘coached’ on his/her ability level and not just grade level.”

Tuition for the Summer Reading Program is $80. For more information, contact Bruce Murray at (334) 844-6934, murrab@auburn.edu or 5040 Haley Center, Auburn AL 36849. Program information and applications in Word, Adobe, and hypertext formats are available on the program”s website at http://www.auburn.edu/academic/education/reading_genie/srp.html.

Contact: Bruce Murray, College of Education, (334) 844-6934 (murraba@auburn.edu), or
Mike Clardy, Office of Communications and Marketing, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)