Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Great Books Summer Camp- press release.
GREAT BOOKS SUMMER CAMP ANNOUNCES THE TOP TEN BEST LITERARY WORKS YOUR CHILDREN AREN’T READING IN SCHOOL
(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.
Happy New Year to all- readers, parents, authors, grandparents, teachers and of course our children. Many of you may dream of writing ...
Welcome to BTR's featured World of Ink Network. Today, Monday March 23rd (4pm Eastern - 3pm Central - 2pm Mountain - 1pm Pacific) w...
Henry Hodges was one of the loneliest boys around. He didn’t have any friends who lived near him, and his house was the last on a dead-e...
Once again, here we are at the end of another calendar year. This time seems to come around faster and faster as the years go by. Th...
Welcome to BTR's featured World of Ink Network. Today, Wed. March 25th (6pm Eastern - 5pm Central - 4pm Mountain - 3pm Pacific) on Th...
Summer is coming and pool safety should be top priority for every parent who has young children. You can never be too careful when you have ...
About the Book: Experience an incredible journey that will make you laugh out loud and cry tears of joy and sorrow. Learn how ...
This is the Families Matter show with hosts Virginia S Grenier and Marsha Cook. This week the hosts will be discussing how to free your...
Babies have buckets too? The answer, says early childhood specialist and well-known author Carol McCloud, is a resounding yes, and th...
Boy With Yo Yo - Free Clip Art at FunDraw.com June 6 th was National Yo-Yo day! And even though we missed getting this post up you can ...
*Stories for Children Publishing, LLC. (SFC) and its divisions do not receive any compensation for product reviews beyond a sample and/or limited access to a paid website. SFC donates all books sent for review to a charitable organization. SFC may do a contest or giveaway of samples we receive. SFC does not review any samples sent without a request for review to the Blog Editor, VS Grenier. SFC's staff members will not return unauthorized samples to the senders, but will donate them without review.