Little SAILors! A Speech and Language Camp for Our Youngest Students

Ages 4–6
4 Week Program, July 1-July 26

Tuition: $4,200 for completed contracts and full payment received by March 8; $4,500 after March 8

Sail away with us on an exciting, interactive morning camp adventure focusing on language, early literacy, and social- pragmatic skills!
  • 2:1 ratio throughout this program
  • Weekly camp themes target specific vocabulary and concept development.
  • Songs and routines emphasize social language and skills for being ready and organized for the school day.
  • Fun and creative story and craft activities reinforce and provide practice with language skills, while promoting peer interaction.
  • Daily individual therapy addresses your child’s specific speech and language needs.
  • Literacy instruction focuses on beginning reading and writing skills, including phonological awareness and print concepts.
  • Weekly individual and small-group occupational therapy addresses sensory regulation, gross and fine motor skills.
  • Water play, outdoor games, and imagination stations help students learn through play.
  • Weekly newsletters provide student-specific updates and suggestions for at-home activities.
  • Parent forums each week discuss weekly camp themes and associated language strategies.
A brief screening will be required before enrollment into Little SAILors.

For more information, please contact Kelly Mills at 202–349–8660 or kelly.mills@labschool.org.

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The Road to Reading and Spelling

Ages 5+ (students paired by age and skill)
4 Week Program, July 1-July 26
Times (choose one): 7:30am–8:30am, 1:30pm–2:30pm, 2:30pm–3:30pm, 3:30pm–4:30pm
Tuition: $2,650

Instruction is highly individualized and systematically targets development of reading and spelling skills. A variety of research- based reading and spelling resources based on the Orton- Gillingham approach may be utilized, specific to the needs of each child. Daily sessions include:
  • individual and small-group instruction, tailored to student-specific needs.
  • computer-based instruction for further practice with phonological, decoding and encoding skills.
Instructional Goals
  • Develop pre- and early-literacy skills.
  • Increase phonemic awareness skills including rhyming, blending, segmenting, and sound manipulation.
  • Improve knowledge of alphabetic code for reading and spelling skills.
  • Develop syllabification skills and morphological awareness to enhance reading and spelling (e.g., recognition of prefixes, suffixes, roots).
  • Enhance reading accuracy and fluency for comprehension.

NEW! Perfecting the Project: Executive Function Skills for Long-Term Project Planning

Ages 11+ (groups of 2–4 students depending on age and skill)
2 week program! 
Session A: July 1–12, no camp July 4th;
Session B: July 15–25, no camp July 26
Times (choose one): 7:30am–8:30am, 1:30pm–2:30pm, 2:30pm–3:30pm, 3:30pm–4:30pm
Tuition: $1,255 per session

Using Lab’s state-of-the-art maker spaces and 3-D printers, students will complete a two-week project that requires the honing and utilization of critical executive function skills, including task initiation, planning/prioritization, organization, time management, goal-directed persistence, flexibility and metacognition. Students will:
  • learn time-management strategies for daily, weekly, and long- term assignments.
  • practice estimating time, monitoring project timelines, and reflecting on adherence to guidelines.
  • explore technology and Smart devices to determine which programs work to keep them on track.
  • learn popular executive functioning strategies, including “Get Ready, Do, Done.”
  • generate a home strategy toolkit for future academic tasks and projects.

Speech and Language Therapy

For students enrolled in the Lower School and Summer Project programs
Individual session: $152

Individual therapy sessions are available for students of all ages. All sessions are 60 minutes in length, highly individualized, and can target skills such as:
  • vocabulary and concept knowledge.
  • grammar/syntax.
  • listening and reading comprehension.
  • language formulation and organization.
  • social pragmatics.
  • problem solving.
  • phonological awareness, reading, and spelling.
  • written expression.
  • voice, fluency, and articulation.
Individual sessions may also be scheduled before or after the summer school day, as needed.

Language and Learning Programs

Ages 8–12 (groups of 2–4 students depending on age and skill)
4 Week Program, July 1-July 26
Times (choose one): 7:30am–8:30am, 1:30pm–2:30pm, 2:30pm–3:30pm, 3:30pm–4:30pm
Tuition: $2,650

Comprehension Capers
Calling all detectives, it is time to put your sleuthing skills to work! Through small-group instruction, students will hone their language comprehension skills while solving mysteries and “crimes.” During hands-on, engaging activities, students will work collaboratively to gain experience deriving deeper meaning from information provided in order to draw reasonable conclusions. Students will:
  • extract, analyze, and synthesize facts.
  • identify and summarize key information.
  • develop observation, inference, and prediction skills.
  • practice deductive reasoning skills.
  • cite textual and/or observational evidence that supports analysis and conclusions.
Successful Storytellers
Future newscasters, authors, playwrights and filmmakers, look no further – organized storytelling is critical for your success! Within a small group, students will focus on generating well-formed and organized narratives while exploring favorite stories, movies, and/ or current events. A variety of methods and materials including Mindwing Concepts Story Grammar Marker® and Six Second Stories® will be introduced. Students will:
  • learn the critical components of a narrative.
  • improve the ability to share personal stories in a concise, organized fashion.
  • identify key information from stories and develop succinct summaries.
  • engage with peers to continue conversations regarding personal narratives.

NEW! Building a Writer’s Toolbox

Ages 8+ (groups of 2–4 students depending on age and skill)
4 Week Program, July 1-July 26
Times (choose one): 7:30am–8:30am, 1:30pm–2:30pm, 2:30pm–3:30pm, 3:30pm–4:30pm
Tuition: $2,650

“I don’t know what to write. I don’t know how to make it better...I hate writing!”

If your student has uttered any of these words, then it may be time for him or her to build a writer’s toolbox! Through small-group instruction, students will develop tools to prepare for writing in
a variety of academic contexts. Specific instruction on planning, organizing, drafting, and editing/revising in a variety of expository text structures will leave students with a toolkit to tackle future writing assignments! Students will:
  • increase executive functioning skills for planning and organizing the writing process.
  • examine expository text structures through compare/contrast, cause/effect, and sequential writing tasks.
  • enhance sophistication of sentence structure, word choice, and writing style.
  • explore assistive technology tools to support individual needs, such as: Co:Writer®, word prediction, speech-to-text, and text- to-speech.

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