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Old 05-29-2014, 08:39 AM
 
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Just saw a flyer for the Rutgers Summer Reading program and was wondering if anyone has experience with this program. Do you feel it was worth it (over $250)? Did it help your child?

I have a struggling reader who has made great progress this year but I feel a little extra support during the summer would be great.

Can anyone suggest a good reading support program for the summer a a community college or something similar to the Rutgers program? Also any thoughts if you on Kaplan or Sylvan if you have used them.

Thanks so much!
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Old 05-29-2014, 08:58 AM
 
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Just saw a flyer for the Rutgers Summer Reading program and was wondering if anyone has experience with this program. Do you feel it was worth it (over $250)? Did it help your child?

I have a struggling reader who has made great progress this year but I feel a little extra support during the summer would be great.

Can anyone suggest a good reading support program for the summer a a community college or something similar to the Rutgers program? Also any thoughts if you on Kaplan or Sylvan if you have used them.

Thanks so much!
I received it and looked at the price. It maybe better to pay someone to tutor. Their prices are $329 + $39 book fees which is $368 for 5 sessions only.

I was paying a private home tutor for $60/hr to come to my house twice a week for 1.5 months and the cost saving is that the tutor comes over instead of having to take my kids outside.

I don't think the summer reading program is bad but it seems short. Kids forget really quickly and you need to have atleast twice a week for 4-5 weeks straight to see any progress.
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Old 05-29-2014, 09:31 AM
 
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I received it and looked at the price. It maybe better to pay someone to tutor. Their prices are $329 + $39 book fees which is $368 for 5 sessions only.

I was paying a private home tutor for $60/hr to come to my house twice a week for 1.5 months and the cost saving is that the tutor comes over instead of having to take my kids outside.

I don't think the summer reading program is bad but it seems short. Kids forget really quickly and you need to have atleast twice a week for 4-5 weeks straight to see any progress.

Thanks for your input. I felt it was costly and once a week seemed short as well. Can you suggest an materials that would be supportive. I feel twice a week maybe a better option but I have not found a program yet. Did you try Kaplan or Sylvan? Thanks so much for the mention about a tutor at home. How did you find your private tutor? Thx again for your reply.
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Old 05-29-2014, 10:01 AM
 
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Thanks for your input. I felt it was costly and once a week seemed short as well. Can you suggest an materials that would be supportive. I feel twice a week maybe a better option but I have not found a program yet. Did you try Kaplan or Sylvan? Thanks so much for the mention about a tutor at home. How did you find your private tutor? Thx again for your reply.
If your child has problem maintaining attention or just not picking up on learning then you might want to hire a tutor. I don't think at this age they need a certain program or material they need a bit of pressure and some TLC. The tutor needs to keep them focused and not lose attention, in a classroom setting there's a chance for your child to lose focus such as looking at other kids or exploration.

If you can get your child personal tutoring and allow them to follow the tutor's lead they will absorb any material.
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Old 05-29-2014, 10:58 AM
 
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We did the Rutgers Reading Program for PreK (entering KIndergarten) last year and I have mixed feelings about it. The program was on weekend mornings, so the time was perfect for us. They gave us some materials (DVD, workbook etc.) During the class the teacher used to go through a very specific format. They read a book to the kids, asked kids questions around the book that was read and got the kids involved in enacting or talking about the story they just read (the activity varied with each class). I did not find it very useful, specially for the kind of price we paid. Please let me know if you have any particular question.
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Old 05-29-2014, 01:43 PM
 
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We did the Rutgers Reading Program for PreK (entering KIndergarten) last year and I have mixed feelings about it. The program was on weekend mornings, so the time was perfect for us. They gave us some materials (DVD, workbook etc.) During the class the teacher used to go through a very specific format. They read a book to the kids, asked kids questions around the book that was read and got the kids involved in enacting or talking about the story they just read (the activity varied with each class). I did not find it very useful, specially for the kind of price we paid. Please let me know if you have any particular question.
I was wondering about the program now it's certain, thanks for the info.

There are some other kids academy that may offer better reading assistance. I'm happy with my personal tutor that I hired.
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Old 05-30-2014, 05:02 AM
 
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I did the program with my daughter before she entered kindergarten. I found it more helpful for me then for her! Because we have to attend with them, it was my first foray at seeing how my child interacts in a class environment. It made me feel better in knowing that she was progressing and an active participant. I learned tricks to keep her interested in books, etc. I don't know if it was worth it overall but for me, it helped calm me and teach me how to work with her.
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Old 04-06-2017, 09:20 AM
 
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I did the summer reading program with my daughter last year for Pre-K going into Kindergarten and it was a complete waste. For the amount of money paid the teacher really did nothing but tell the parents all the work we had to do with our child during the week. My daughter was not reading any better at the end as to when she started. She is now in kindergarten reading books no problem but I attribute it to her kindergarten teacher and us reading to/with her at home. Personally I would skip this program and just push reading at home and you can very easily look up strategies online to help you as the parent. Total waste of money and time.
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Old 06-06-2017, 08:12 AM
 
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Default Do not waste your money

I did this program with my daughter last summer and it was a complete waste of money. The instructor basically instructs the parents how to do the course at home with their kids. There is little to no instruction for the students in class. My daughter is now finishing kindergarten and is reading very well and it is because her kindergarten teacher did a great job.
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