Language Arts Program
Strategy Instruction: Executive Function Skills and
Benchmark campers are introduced to strategies that will help them become more successful learners by developing executive function skills such as time management, flexibility, persistence, active involvement, reflectivity, and organization. Small classes comprised of a head teacher and teaching assistant work with six to nine students, tailoring instruction to meet each child's needs. Teachers are guided throughout the camp session by Benchmark's experienced supervisors who teach, observe instruction, and meet with teachers to discuss each child's needs and progress.
Campers are also introduced to strategies that will help them become more successful readers, writers, and learners. Our trained faculty places 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 we begin to help children develop awareness of learning strategies that will help them become successful in school and in life.
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.
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.