Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Great Books Summer Camp- press release.


(Fairfield, CT)—Imagine this: an environment where your child can engage in thoughtful literary discussion while obtaining a true summer camp experience complete with long-lasting friendships, art projects and a beautiful college campus. Enter Great Books Summer Camp—a one-of-a-kind literary program held at both Amherst College and Stanford University for outstanding middle school and high school students.

The founders and leaders of Great Books know that reading is a significant aid in brain development. And even though reading encourages a solidifying, emotional bond between parent and child, only 50 percent of parents read to their children every day, according to the American Association of Pediatrics.

“Great Books faculty not only stresses the importance of reading but introduces exceptional literature that students wouldn’t typically discover on their own,” said co-founder and academic director Peter Temes. “This list offers classic pieces of work that pose challenging questions and help hone students’ critical thinking skills beyond the classroom.”

With topics that range from Greek love poetry to Shakespearean plays, Great Books takes students on a literary adventure unlike any they’ve experienced in school. As a taste of what’s to come, Temes offers a list of the top ten pieces your children aren’t reading in school.

1. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

2. An American Childhood by Annie Dillard

3. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

4. Apology by Plato

5. The Iliad by Homer

6. The poems of Sappho

7. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

8. The poetry of Pablo Neruda

9. “Gimpel the Fool” by Isaac Baschevis Singer

10. The essays of Ralph Waldo Emerson

“It’s about living the life of the mind—being part of a community of deep thinkers and readers—stepping away from the daily struggles and stresses of being a young person and reflecting on the big ideas, the dreams, the visions of beauty and meaning and community that we all have too little of in our ordinary lives,” said Temes.

For more information about Great Books Summer Program, call 866-480-READ (7323) or visit http://www.greatbookssummer.com./

Even if summer camp is not in your budget, consider introducing these books to kids through your library. Summer is a great time to read something besides a textbook.

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