Summer Programs

At Ballantyne Reading Academy our motto is “we make learning fun” and that is never more evident than at our summer programs.

Summer Camps

Whether you are interested in helping your child maintain their reading skills over the summer or wanting to give them that extra push to improve or learn a new skill, our summer camps are just what you need.  We are passionate about inspiring lifelong readers and learners because we know that the best readers are the ones who enjoy reading.  All camps will include:

  • Weekly thematic-based camps with lots of reading, writing, discussion, and multi-sensory letter play that engage students in their own learning!
  • Literature-based activities including games, storytelling, and crafts with hands-on materials to expand reading and language skills.
  • Developing links between reading and writing with responses to literature, while gaining confidence and enhancing skills.
  • Small groups (maximum of 10 campers) to provide individualized attention and instruction.
  • Camp leaders who are degreed, certified, current, or former classroom teachers with experience educating children of all levels and abilities

2024 Summer Camp Information

  • Camps run Monday-Friday, 9am-noon
  • Extended Session (elementary camps) is noon-2:30pm
  • A snack is provided each day, extended day campers bring their own lunch
  • Campers are divided into two age groups:
    • Pre-School: 3 years (must be potty trained-TK
    • Elementary-rising 1st-5th grades

A little more about Extended Session….

Extended session is available each week for our Elementary campers. Send a lunch with your child and have them stay for additional reading, crafts and literacy games. Extended session is noon-2:30pm for an additional $100/week (that’s just $20/day!)

Tuition and fees

  • $50 deposit per camp required to hold a spot for your child (will be applied to your camp tuition)
  • Before March 1, 2024-tuiton is $250 per camp ($150 per mini-camp) with balance due by April 1, 2024
  • After March 1, 2024-tutition is $275 per camp ($165 per mini-camp) with balance due by June 1
  • Extended Session (Elementary Camps Only) – additional $100 per week
  • 10% discount available for siblings and multi-camp registrations
  • No refunds after June 1, 2023

Camp size is limited, so advanced registration and payment are required.

Pre-school Camps:

June 4-6 Almost Summer Mini-camp

When preschool is out but elementary school is still in session, join us for three days of literature-based activities, games, storytelling, and hands on learning all with a summer theme.

June 17-21: B is for Bugs

There are so many different bugs to explore while learning about letters and the sounds they make!

June 24-28:  Paw Patrol to the rescue

Let Ryder, Chase, Marshall, Skye, Rocky, Rubble, Zuma and others help your camper with their pre-reading skills.  It will be a week of learning with stories, games, and literacy activities.

July 1-3: Happy Birthday America Mini-Camp

Three days of exploring our nation’s history and symbols as we get ready to celebrate the 4th of July!

July 8-12 Mermaid Tails and Pirate Sails

Aye, Aye!  Campers will explore the world of pirates and their mermaid friends.  It will be a week of great stories and adventure!

July 15-19:  Beach Days

Let’s travel to the beach through reading and literacy activities.   Campers will explore all things on the beach and in the ocean.

July 22-26:  The World of Pete the Cat

Campers will have fun working on their pre-reading and writing skills while enjoying the fun adventures of Pete the Cat.

July 29-August 2:  Countdown to Kindergarten Week 1

A summer tradition!  Our little learners will be prepared for preschool/kindergarten with this fun camp that focuses on literacy and math skills. Please remember to specify which week when registering.

August 5-9:  Countdown to Kindergarten Week 2

A summer tradition!  Our little learners will be prepared for preschool/kindergarten with this fun camp that focuses on literacy and math skills. Please remember to specify which week when registering.

Elementary Camps

June 17-21-Remarkable Reptiles – FULL but join the wait list!

A week of reading and writing about snakes, lizards, turtles, crocodiles, and alligators (to name a few!). Campers will explore fun reptile facts and also meet some fictional reptile book characters.

June 24-28: Fun with Phonics (Rising 3rd and 4th graders)

Who says Orton-Gillingham can’t be fun?  This camp is designed for those who may struggle with reading and need targeted decoding and spelling reinforcementA variety of multi-sensory tools will be used to keep word attack skills sharp!  Be sure to note that this week is limited to Rising 3rd and 4th graders.

July 1-3-Happy Birthday America Mini-Camp

Three days of exploring our nation’s history and symbols as we get ready to celebrate the 4th of July!

July 8-12: Superhero Week – FULL but join the wait list!

Spiderman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Captain America, Supergirl-so many superheroes to read about! This camp will be a week of investigating the powers and secrets of our favorite heroes and maybe even writing our own superhero stories.

July 15-19:  Fun with Phonics (Rising 1st and 2nd graders) – FULL but join the wait list!

Who says Orton-Gillingham can’t be fun?  This camp is designed for those who may struggle with reading and need targeted decoding and spelling reinforcementA variety of multi-sensory tools will be used to keep word attack skills sharp!  Be sure to note that this week is limited to rising 1st and 2nd graders.

July 22-26 Read Around the World – FULL but join the wait list!

Campers will travel each day to a new location and explore their destination through reading and writing.  Their travel could take them to a real or fictional place, they will just have to wait each day to see where they are!

July 29-August 2:  Back to School Bootcamp Week 1 – FULL but join the wait list!

One of our most popular camps!  This week is proven to help our campers recharge and re-boot those concepts and skills needed to start the new school year off right! Please specify which week when registering.

August 5-9: Back to School Bootcamp Week 2 – FULL but join the wait list!

One of our most popular camps!  This week is proven to help our campers recharge and re-boot those concepts and skills needed to start the new school year off right! Please specify which week when registering.

I was lucky enough not to face any required summer reading lists until I went to college. So I still think of summer as the best time to read for fun.

– Margaret Peterson Haddix