Avoid Summer Brain Drain

Avoid Summer Brain Drain

There is a growing concern among K-12 educators about the effects of “summer learning loss,” or “summer slide”—terms that refer to students’ decline in academic ability during summer months when they are away from school. Research shows that during the summer vacation, students lose “too much of what they learned during the school year” and “typically score lower on standardized tests after the summer break than they did before it.”

Summer Reading Camp is a dynamic summer reading program in Gloucester, Massachusetts for students K-5th grade. While having fun reading, doing crafts and having adventures, campers dramatically improve their reading and gain confidence in their ability to learn.

Ages and Stages


Growing Reader (6-8)

Looking for ways to get your Preschooler or Kindergartener ready for elementary school? Using a mix of kid friendly interactive lessons, fun games, our Early Reading Camp can help your child master the basics of reading.


Tween (9-12)

Our older students will be responsible for their daily reading. In addition they will create their own story with illustrations and a study guide to complement their work.


Also, you may sign up for 1 week or 8 weeks.

Information for Parents

1.Parent’s must supply lunch and bottles of water

2. Please bring a change of clothes.

3. Please bring sun block

4.We supply a morning and afternoon snack.

5.Daily afternoon offsite adventures may include: Farm, Beach, Mini Golf etc.

6.Morning academics include reading and math.

7.Tuition is due each Friday.

8.Open 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.

9.Closed the week of 4th of July and the last week of August.

10.Flexibility in choosing both days and weeks.

What the research shows:

An infant's brain structure is not genetically determined. Early experiences have a decisive impact on the archite cture of a baby's brain.2

"A child care provider reads to a toddler. And in a matter of seconds, thousands of cells in these children's growing brains respond. Some brain cells are 'turned on,' triggered by this particular experience. Many existing connections among brain cells are strengthened. At the same time, new brain cells are formed, adding a bit more definition and complexity to the intricate circuitry that will remain largely in place for the rest of these children's lives."3

The development of early literacy skills through early experiences with books and stories is critically linked to a child's success in learning to read.4

Development of literacy is a continuous process that begins early in life and depends heavily on environmental influences.5

Children who are read to from an early age are more successful at learning to read.

"Reading aloud to children is the single most important intervention for developing their literacy skills," according to a 1985 study by the National Commission on Reading.7

Early reading experiences are now recognized as being of such importance that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that "pediatricians prescribe reading activities along with other instructions given to parents at the time of well-child visits." The President of the Academy, Dr. Robert E. Hannemann, stated: "We strongly recommend daily reading to children from six months of age."8