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Old 04-21-09, 03:22 PM
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This is a summer reading program offered by the college. Its $299.

Rachel could use a reading boost so I'm thinking of it. I wish it was cheaper though, and closer...its about 20 miles away & I'd have to find something to do with Leanna during the 2hrs/wk.

Do you think its worth the money?
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Old 04-21-09, 11:46 PM
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What do you mean by "reading boost?"

My personal (and perhaps shocking, since I'm a teacher
) opinion is that unless she's actually failing reading at school, I'd skip it. I believe that summer vacations are for investigating things that interest you as a family, you as her mom, and especially her. I think that money would be much better spent doing things you prob already do-- check out museums (and read all the signs at the exhibits), have her help you map the way to a new destination, go to the library and take turns picking out books, etc. Go to the zoo, then have her pick a favorite animal to research. The more the kids learn the power of reading and how to "play" with reading/words, the more powerful tool it becomes.

Most kids can read with accuracy-- they can "read the words" but ask them a question and they can't answer it. I'd do lots of things where she had to read to get to do something she wanted to do.

Of course... an extra reading class never hurt anybody either!
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Old 04-21-09, 11:50 PM
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I'd say heck no. $300 is WAY too much for a reading boost.

I'd sign up for a free reading program at the local library (or our school also has a reading program) and just have her read read read all summer long at home trying to earn her prizes.

I think there really is nothing more to reading proficiently than practice practice practice.
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Old 04-22-09, 08:46 AM
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NO way for $300 you could buy a heck of a lot of kids books and build your own library at home.
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Old 04-22-09, 11:30 AM
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I wouldn't spend the money or the time for something that isn't likely to give you an advantage over what you can do at home for free.
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