Make 1st Grade a

BIG SUCCESS!

Make 1st Grade A
BIG SUCCESS!

Summer Reading Skills Program for Entering 1st Graders

Entering 1st graders who sharpen reading skills during the summer have a real advantage. They gain months of progress and get a jump start on 1st grade. On the first day of school, they feel confident and motivated to succeed.

Summer is the key opportunity to develop your child’s reading skills for the upcoming school year.

Entering 1st graders who sharpen reading skills during the summer have a real advantage. They gain months of progress and get a jump start on 1st grade. On the first day of school, they feel confident and motivated to succeed.

Summer is the key opportunity to develop your child’s reading skills for the upcoming school year.

Parents of entering 1st graders want to know,

“How Can I Make Sure That My Child…”

“Gets lots of reading practice this summer?”

“Has really solid phonics skills?”
“Recognizes common sight words?”

“Is excited and confident about learning to read?”

“Is ready for the first day of school?”

Our Summer Reading Skills Program Provides Answers For Families Like Yours

McHenry County College, Continuing Education is proud to offer the Summer Reading Skills Program as a community service to families throughout Crystal Lake. Since 1995, this program has helped students in our community build strong reading skills and develop a deep love of books and reading.

The program is designed and taught by the Institute of Reading Development, a nationwide leader in reading skills instruction. Since 1970, the Institute has taught more than two million students in partnership with colleges and universities across the United States. The Institute’s inspired instruction encourages a lifelong love of reading in every student.

“She got very confident after the program. She was able to recognize so many more sight words – I would say about 50 additional from what she had already learned – and she was able to read books. That was a major accomplishment from the program that I was very excited about.”

– Irma, Parent of an Entering 1st Grader

This exceptional summer program will make a big difference in your child’s reading development

Our top-rated Summer Reading Skills Program inspires kids to love books and teaches 1st graders the skills they need to succeed with reading:

Phonics

This program will give your child a solid foundation in first-grade phonics, the most important skill for learning to read. Your child will blend letter sounds together to read words in class and during interactive online lessons at home. Because online lessons are tailored to your child’s reading level, learning phonics will be easy and fun.

Sight Words

Recognizing words like “have” and “was” by sight makes learning to read much easier and provides a big boost in confidence. Your child will learn and practice sight words through fun interactive games. By the end of the program, students recognize more than a third of the words in first-grade books without sounding them out.

Comprehension

In class, your child will learn to recognize story structure, identify with characters, and follow events through comprehension-building discussions and fun book activities like acting out the story. During engaging online lessons at home, students get additional reading and comprehension support to ensure that they have continued success.

Independent Reading

In this program, your child will read nine of the best books for beginning readers, including four take-home books that are yours to keep. Reading these books provides great skills practice and a big head start on 1st grade. Your child will have a positive experience with books and be enthusiastic and confident about reading.

“It was fun to see her interact with the teacher and the other kids in her class. They fed off each other’s energy and got excited about reading together.”

– Amber, Parent of an Entering 1st Grader

A Fun Way To Build Strong Reading Skills

This program provides a fun classroom experience led by a terrific teacher. Between weekly classes, your child will enjoy completing interactive online lessons that improve skills, confidence, and motivation.

WEEKLY CLASSES

  • From the first class, your child’s teacher will make learning new skills exciting and productive. Your child will really enjoy class and look forward to attending week after week.
  • Every class is full of fun, teacher-led book activities and discussions, independent reading practice, and direct instruction in phonics skills.
  • If you have a scheduling conflict there are options for taking a make-up class.

ONLINE LEARNING BETWEEN CLASSES

  • Between weekly classes, students complete online lessons tailored to their reading level. These fun, interactive lessons will boost your child’s skills and confidence.
  • The online lessons are effective because they promote active learning. Your child will get the practice needed to master the phonics skills and sight words that will lead to success in 1st grade.
  • Your child can complete the lessons independently on his or her own schedule and pace.

ENTHUSIASTIC & ENCOURAGING TEACHER

  • Our teachers are passionate about books and excited to share their love of reading with students of all ages.
  • Teachers understand the importance of warm, open communication with students and parents. Your child will feel supported by the teacher and eager to participate in class.
  • The teacher will work closely with your child to ensure that he or she makes individual progress and has a wonderful, enriching experience.

AN INTEGRATED PROGRAM THAT BUILDS READING SKILLS WEEK AFTER WEEK

  • The program features wonderful books, effective materials, and fresh activities you won’t find anywhere else.
  • Weekly classes and online lessons ensure that your child is consistently reading and practicing important skills throughout the summer.
  • Your child will have a wonderful experience and make great progress!

By The End Of The Program, Your Child Will…

N
Know first-grade phonics and sight words
N

Have stronger reading comprehension

N
Read nine great first-grade books
N

Feel confident and excited about learning to read

N

BE READY FOR THE FIRST DAY OF 1ST GRADE!

secure your spot in the program today

Your child will have a wonderful experience in our Summer Reading Skills Program and make great progress.

The program includes:

  • 5 engaging weekly classes that your child will enjoy 
  • An experienced, dedicated teacher
  • Limited class size
  • Interactive online lessons between classes
  • 4 delightful books for you to keep

Top-rated by parents:

The Summer Reading Skills Program gets rave reviews from parents year after year.

McHenry County College, Continuing Education partners with the Institute of Reading Development to make this high-quality summer program affordable for families.

Help your child build the right reading skills to make 1st grade a big success, at a lower cost than other learning programs.  

Available for students throughout Crystal Lake.

Family Discount:

Take $30 off for each additional student you enroll

For more information, or to enroll by phone, call 1 (800) 964-8888.
Mon–Fri: 7 am- 9 pm Mon- Fri, 7 am- 6 pm Sat, 9 am- 5 pm Sun

Parents of entering 1st graders want to know,

“How Can I Make Sure That My Child…”

“Gets lots of reading practice this summer?”
“Has really solid phonics skills?”
“Recognizes common sight words?”

“Is excited and confident about learning to read?”

“Is ready for the first day of school?”

Our Summer Reading Skills Program Provides Answers For Families Like Yours

McHenry County College, Continuing Education is proud to offer the Summer Reading Skills Program as a community service to families throughout Crystal Lake. Since 1995, this program has helped students in our community build strong reading skills and develop a deep love of books and reading.

The program is designed and taught by the Institute of Reading Development, a nationwide leader in reading skills instruction. Since 1970, the Institute has taught more than two million students in partnership with colleges and universities across the United States. The Institute’s inspired instruction encourages a lifelong love of reading in every student.

“She got very confident after the program. She was able to recognize so many more sight words – I would say about 50 additional from what she had already learned – and she was able to read books. That was a major accomplishment from the program that I was very excited about.”

– Irma, Parent of an Entering 1st Grader

This exceptional summer program will make a big difference in your child’s reading development

Our top-rated Summer Reading Skills Program inspires kids to love books and teaches 1st graders the skills they need to succeed with reading:

Phonics

This program will give your child a solid foundation in first-grade phonics, the most important skill for learning to read. Your child will blend letter sounds together to read words in class and during interactive online lessons at home. Because online lessons are tailored to your child’s reading level, learning phonics will be easy and fun.

Sight Words

Recognizing words like “have” and “was” by sight makes learning to read much easier and provides a big boost in confidence. Your child will learn and practice sight words through fun interactive games. By the end of the program, students recognize more than a third of the words in first-grade books without sounding them out.

Comprehension

In class, your child will learn to recognize story structure, identify with characters, and follow events through comprehension-building discussions and fun book activities like acting out the story. During engaging online lessons at home, students get additional reading and comprehension support to ensure that they have continued success.

Independent Reading

In this program, your child will read nine of the best books for beginning readers, including four take-home books that are yours to keep. Reading these books provides great skills practice and a big head start on 1st grade. Your child will have a positive experience with books and be enthusiastic and confident about reading.

“It was fun to see her interact with the teacher and the other kids in her class. They fed off each other’s energy and got excited about reading together.”

– Amber, Parent of an Entering 1st Grader

A Fun Way To Build Strong Reading Skills

This program provides a fun classroom experience led by a terrific teacher. Between weekly classes, your child will enjoy completing interactive online lessons that improve skills, confidence, and motivation.

WEEKLY CLASSES

  • From the first class, your child’s teacher will make learning new skills exciting and productive. Your child will really enjoy class and look forward to attending week after week.
  • Every class is full of fun, teacher-led book activities and discussions, independent reading practice, and direct instruction in phonics skills.
  • If you have a scheduling conflict there are options for taking a make-up class.

ONLINE LEARNING BETWEEN CLASSES

  • Between weekly classes, students complete online lessons tailored to their reading level. These fun, interactive lessons will boost your child’s skills and confidence.
  • The online lessons are effective because they promote active learning. Your child will get the practice needed to master the phonics skills and sight words that will lead to success in 1st grade.
  • Your child can complete the lessons independently on his or her own schedule and pace.

ENTHUSIASTIC & ENCOURAGING TEACHER

  • Our teachers are passionate about books and excited to share their love of reading with students of all ages.
  • Teachers understand the importance of warm, open communication with students and parents. Your child will feel supported by the teacher and eager to participate in class.
  • The teacher will work closely with your child to ensure that he or she makes individual progress and has a wonderful, enriching experience.

AN INTEGRATED PROGRAM THAT BUILDS READING SKILLS WEEK AFTER WEEK

  • The program features wonderful books, effective materials, and fresh activities you won’t find anywhere else.
  • Weekly classes and online lessons ensure that your child is consistently reading and practicing important skills throughout the summer.
  • Your child will have a wonderful experience and make great progress!

By The End Of The Program, Your Child Will…

N
Know first-grade phonics and sight words
N

Have stronger reading comprehension

N
Read nine great first-grade books
N

Feel confident and excited about learning to read

N

BE READY FOR THE FIRST DAY OF 1ST GRADE!

secure your spot in the program today

Your child will have a wonderful experience in our Summer Reading Skills Program and make great progress.

The program includes:

  • 5 engaging weekly classes that your child will enjoy
  • An experienced, dedicated teacher
  • Limited class size
  • Interactive online lessons between classes
  • 4 delightful books for you to keep

 

 

Available for students throughout Crystal Lake.

Top-rated by parents:

The Summer Reading Skills Program gets rave reviews from parents year after year.

McHenry County College, Continuing Education partners with the Institute of Reading Development to make this high-quality summer program affordable for families.

Help your child build the right reading skills to make 1st grade a big success, at a lower cost than other learning programs.  

Family Discount:

Take $30 off for each additional student you enroll

For more information, or to enroll by phone, call 1 (800) 964-8888.
Mon–Fri: 7 am- 9 pm Mon- Fri, 7 am- 6 pm Sat, 9 am- 5 pm Sun

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Summer Reading Skills Program right for my child?

All entering 1st graders benefit from developing their reading skills over the summer. In class, the teacher provides guidance for each student and shows parents how to support reading development. Interactive online lessons are tailored to each child’s skill level and needs. Every student makes progress during the program.

What happens in class?

Weekly classes are led by trained, enthusiastic teachers. You’ll attend the first part of each class with your child. Every class includes phonics instruction and games, independent reading practice, comprehension-building book discussions, and enrichment activities in great books. Your teacher will work individually with your child to develop his or her skills.

What will my child do at home between classes?

Between classes, your child will complete independent reading sessions and interactive online lessons at the correct reading level. Lessons cover skills like phonics, sight words, and comprehension. The lessons are easy for students to follow and complete on their own.

How do I choose which level of instruction is appropriate for my child?

Our program combines weekly classes with interactive online lessons between classes.  The classroom instruction is appropriate for all entering 1st graders, while the online lessons are tailored to each student’s current reading level. When you enroll, you’ll be asked to tell us more about your child’s reading ability so that we can provide the correct online lessons to help him or her grow as a reader.

Use the following guidelines to determine which reading level is right for your child’s online lessons:

Weak/Average Reader Your child needs moderate or substantial support when reading.

Strong Reader Your child is an advanced reader and is ready to read more independently.

Can I attend class with my child?

You’ll attend the first part of each class with your child and learn easy and fun ways to support your child’s reading development. You are also welcome to stay for the entire class. Parents enjoy observing classes and learning helpful reading techniques they can use at home.

Is it possible to make up missed classes?

If you have a scheduling conflict, you’ll have the option to attend a make-up lesson in another class or take an interactive online make-up lesson. Enroll now in the program with the most convenient schedule for you, then simply call or email us if you need any make-ups.

What is the class size?

To ensure that all students have a great experience, we cap enrollment at a maximum of 18 students. Your child will get personal attention from the teacher and have a chance to actively participate in group activities.

How much does the program cost?

Thanks to our partnership with the Institute of Reading Development, we are able to offer this exceptional program to local families at a lower cost than other learning programs. During this affordable program, your child will participate in engaging weekly classes, get personal attention from an enthusiastic and encouraging reading teacher, and have access to fun online lessons that build valuable reading skills.

For complete details about the cost of the program, please click here.

Are any program discounts available?

Yes, we offer the following discounts:

Family Discount: After enrolling one student, you will receive a $30 discount for each additional student you enroll in a summer program. This discount only applies to family members at the same mailing address. 

Re-enrollment Discount: If a student has previously participated in our program, that student is eligible for a $50 re-enrollment discount.

What is the Institute of Reading Development?

We offer the Summer Reading Skills Program as a community service to families in Crystal Lake in partnership with the Institute of Reading Development, a nationwide leader in reading skills instruction. Since 1970, the Institute has partnered with colleges and universities to teach valuable reading skills to more than two million students across the United States. The Institute’s inspired instruction encourages a lifelong love of reading in every student.

You can learn more about the Institute of Reading Development here.

SUMMER READING PROGRAMS

MAKE NEXT YEAR A BIG SUCCESS!

SUMMER READING PROGRAMS

MAKE NEXT YEAR A BIG SUCCESS!