New camp teaches kids to read and write

The S.A.M. Learning Centre is using phonics to help kids learn to read and write using literacy skills and more

A new summer camp will help children ages 4 to 8 learn to read and write using a combination of different phonics programs, which teach kids to pronounce words by learning the sounds of letters and syllables.

The S.A.M Learning Centre is offering the Fun-with-Phonics Camp in addition to its after-school and weekend program that teaches math in a small-classroom environment. Founders Erminio Zappitelli and Julia Yaglioglu want to expand S.A.M’s educational services by offering an engaging way to teach young children how to read and write in English.

“Phonics is known to be one of the most effective methods to learn, read and write the English language,” says Yaglioglu, founders of S.A.M. (Seriously Addictive Mathematics) Learning Centre. “We felt that a summer day camp would be a perfect way to start this project in a fun and engaging environment.”

The camp will feature a small-size classroom with a maximum of 10 students. The instructors will be Yaglioglu, who holds a university degree in elementary education and Luana Zappitelli, a third year linguistics major who has previous experience working with children.

The nine-week camp will run from June 27 to Aug. 26. There will be two sessions per day in three-hour blocks. The first session is from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and the second will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Kids will learn the fundamentals of phonics, social interactivity and personal creativity.  Parents must register their children for a minimum of two weeks but have the option to send them for three, four or five times per week. 

The camp will take place at 6525 Decarie Blvd., suite 302. Registration fee is $25. The cost for attending three times a week is $120, four times is $140 and five times is $150. For more information, call 438-387-7266 or visit funwithphonics.ca.