Transforming Futures for Nearly Half a Century
Since 1971, Benchmark School has provided a summer program to children who can benefit from reading and writing instruction beyond the school year. The summer camp offers Benchmark's internationally-recognized language arts instruction combined with creative and exciting recreation activities. Although it is a day camp, the success of the program has even led some parents to make arrangements to send their children to the area for the summer, arriving from New York, New England, California and even South America and Asia so that they may benefit from this transformational experience.

A Positive Experience
Children are introduced to strategies that will help them become more successful readers, writers, and learners. Small classes comprised of a teacher and a teaching assistant work with six to nine students, enabling teachers to tailor instruction to each child's needs.

Developing Self-Knowledge
We place an emphasis on helping children understand those characteristics of their learning styles that either impede or enhance their reading, writing, and learning. Explicit instruction, goal setting, goal review, and reinforcement are ways teachers begin to help children develop awareness of successful learning strategies.

Experienced Teaching: Intensive Teacher Training Program
The success of Benchmark's Summer Language Arts program directly correlates to the knowledge, experience, and dedication of the teachers and supervisors who work in the classrooms. All of the teachers take part in a comprehensive training program designed to give them the background to provide children with a rich and supportive learning environment and effective instruction. In addition, the teachers are guided throughout the camp session by Benchmark School's experienced supervisors who teach in the classrooms, observe instruction, and meet with teachers to discuss each child's needs.
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“I want to thank you on behalf of our entire family for such a great program. The teachers were incredible, the counselors always encouraging. We have enjoyed seeing all the books come home on a daily basis and hearing our children read everything from the books to the cereal box to the menu on the wall of a restaurant. Thank you Benchmark for this wonderful camp experience and the dedicated staff and faculty.”   -J.B.
  
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Reading Instruction Highlights
Small group instruction, word-identification instruction, read aloud sessions and independent response-to-reading activities are ways in which teachers introduce children to strategies that will help them become successful readers, learners and writers. Through a supportive learning environment that facilitates success and lots of positive reinforcement, children build confidence in themselves as learners.
Writing Instruction
Highlights
Just as with reading, we work to develop children's confidence, motivation and skill as writers. Experts in process writing suggest that developing these qualities involves providing students with ample time to write, giving them regular responses to their writing, and offering them choices of writing topics.

Using these methods, we see children make positive changes in how they perceive and approach the writing process, even in a few short weeks.
 
INSTRUCTION & GOALS
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