|Notice: We no longer have a summer cohort of Education majors to teach in
the Summer Reading Program. Most graduate students now work away from campus. As a result, the
Summer Reading Program will not be held until further notice.
There will be valuable reading and discussion activities at the Auburn Public Library this summer. See http://www.auburnalabama.org/library/youthservices.htm for some of the exciting activities they have planned.
There is a commercial program offered through the university that I do not recommend. Though they call themselves "Auburn University Summer Reading Program," they are sponsored by the Office of Professional and Continuing Education, and taught by the Institute of Reading Development in Novato, California. You may have gotten a $30 discount offer from this group. They offer little information about the program, and parents who invested in the program thought it was a waste of money.
The Auburn University Reading Center offers an
individualized Summer Reading Program during June and July for
children who are not yet reading accurately and fluently. Summer 2015
will be the 19th year for the program.
The Summer Reading Program is designed for children struggling with
decoding, fluency, or comprehension. It is not an enrichment
program for fluent readers or an English program for speakers of other languages. We hope to recruit graduate students to work with struggling readers who have completed grades K-6. We expect all participants
improve their decoding ability, reading fluency, comprehension, and
enjoyment of reading through participation in the Summer Reading
Program. Dr. Bruce Murray, associate
professor of Reading Education, supervises instruction.
The Summer Reading Program features individually
designed lessons with explicit instruction in decoding, fluency, and
comprehension as well as plenty of meaningful reading and
writing. Tutors monitor progress closely during each
session and give special tests during the first and last sessions to
measure reading gains. After the program, tutors compose a report
for parents about each child's current progress in reading, with recommendations for each student.
One parent wrote, "We were very pleased with the
Summer Reading Program. Michael really prospered from the
experience. A special thank you to Allison [Michael's
tutor]. She was so kind to Michael. She also wrote Michael
and us a lovely note. We certainly would recommend this program
to a friend, as well as enroll our children again."
The Summer Reading Program features twelve 45-minute
tutorial sessions. The program runs
Tuesdays and Thursdays from June 4 until July 14. Sessions will
be scheduled at 8:00 or 8:45 AM. Tutors
will contact parents at the beginning of June to confirm specific
The cost of the complete program is $80.00, with fee
to be paid on acceptance to the program. Priority will be given to
children experiencing reading difficulties who have finished
kindergarten through fifth grade who have experienced difficulties in learning to read. Priority will be
given to children who can attend the entire 12-session program. Interested parents or
follow the link below for an application form,
or call (334) 844-6934, or write to Dr. Bruce
Murray, Summer Reading Program, 5040 Haley Center, Auburn University AL