Kick Off the School Year With Great After-School Programs!

The new school year is upon us! The Salmon House Writers Workshop is excited to offer  another great round of after-school programs exploring the wonder of storytelling and creative writing.

*Tale Spinners Tuesdays at Edison Elementary for 3rd-5th graders

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 This new group for Edison Elementary School is all about discovery of the wonder of words. Sessions include action packed word-play, storytelling, exploration of poetry, and fiction, engaging crafts, and games.  

When: Tuesdays, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., September 27th through November 15th

Where: The Barn Classroom at Edison Elementary School.

Tuition is $125 per student. All class materials are included. Space is limited. To Register, click here or call (541) 326-6112.

 

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*Wild Imagination Group for Elementary Schoolers

This group is all about fun and discovery of the wonder of words. Sessions include action packed word-play, oral and written storytelling, exploration of poetry, engaging crafts, and games.

When:  Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., September 29th through November 17th

Where: The Salmon House Writers Workshop, 527 W. 12th Ave. Eugene

Tuition is $125 per student. All class materials are included.  To Register, click here or call (541) 326-6112.

Storytellers Day Camp-Aug. 1st-3rd

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The Salmon House Writers Workshop  storytellers camp starts in just a few days! We are looking forward to 3 days of storytelling, games, outdoor activities, costumed mayhem and more! This camp is the only one of it’s kind for elementary students in the greater Eugene area and is not to be missed.

 Who: children ages 8-12. 

When: August 1st-3rd,  10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: The Salmon House Writers Workshop,  527 W. 12th Ave. in Eugene.

Camp tuition is $145. Students should bring a bag lunch and bottled water each day, and dress comfortably for outdoor activity.

To register, call (541) 326-6112

Beat Summer Slide!

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Hello Parents!

I recently listened to a great piece on NPR’s Weekend Edition, which featured New York Times journalist KJ Dell’Antonia talking about the obstacles parents face with keeping children occupied, (and educated) during the summer months. One of the things discussed was “Summer Slide,” the phenomenon in which students lose some of the skills they gained during the school year in literacy and mathematics. Dell’Antonia states “When it comes to reading, what research has shown is that kids typically lose two to three months over the summer and the big distinction when it comes to reading is that they just don’t get it back. And researchers aren’t super clear on why that is. But they are pretty clear on the fact that a learning-based program — just getting out there and doing something different and hearing new words … and doing some reading in that context — that keeps the skills up.”

 

That is pretty sobering information. As a teacher, I’m always thinking about the way that children discover, retain, and come to love reading and writing. As a parent, I’m invested in finding ways to keep my kids engaged with the process of  using the skills they built during the school year, even the ones that aren’t their first favorite.  Fortunately, there are several fun ways to help retain reading and writing skills through the summer months and prep kids for the new school year. I’ve listed a few ideas below:

 

  • Get involved with The Eugene Public Library or Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Both offer access to summer reading programs and free books to kids of all ages.
  • Designate family reading nights, on summer nights and beyond! Pick a book that can be read aloud to the whole family, and enjoy time together while increasing literacy and comprehension.

There are also two great Creative Writing Summer Camps going on in August right here in Eugene.

  • For middle and high school students, Wordcrafters is offering two different camps for fiction and slam poetry. Find out more about these camps at: http://wordcraftersineugene.org/young-writers/summer-camp/
  • For elementary school students, The Salmon House Writers Workshop is offering a Storytelling and Creative Writing Camp on August 1-3rd. The Salmon House also offers individual tutoring and writing skill building for elementary through high school students. Some scholarships are available for qualifying families for summer camp. To find out more about this program, visit: check out our Programs tab or call (541) 326-6112.

 

I hope you’ll share this information with other parents you know who are looking for fun educational resources for their kids this summer, and in preparation for the coming school year.

 

Happy summer reading and writing!

 

Sallie

 

Enrollment is Open for Summer Day Camp

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Creative Writing Summer Camp

The Salmon House Writers Workshop is offering a creative writing summer day camp for children ages 8-12. Join us for 3 days of storytelling, games, outdoor activities, costumed mayhem and more!

 When: August 1st-3rd,  10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: The Salmon House Writers Workshop,  527 W. 12th Ave. in Eugene.

Camp tuition is $145. Students should bring a bag lunch and bottled water each day, and dress comfortably for outdoor activity.

To register, call (541) 326-6112

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Creative Writing Summer Camp

The Salmon House Writers Workshop is offering a creative writing summer day camp for children ages 8-12. Join us for 3 days of storytelling, games, outdoor activities, costumed mayhem and more!

 When: August 1st-3rd,  10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: The Salmon House Writers Workshop,  527 W. 12th Ave. in Eugene.

Camp tuition is $145. Students should bring a bag lunch and bottled water each day, and dress comfortably for outdoor activity.

 

To register, call (541) 326-6112

2016 Student Anthology is here!

Check out the latest writing submitted by young writers of the Salmon House Writers Workshop for the 2016 Student Anthology!

We hope you will enjoy this collection from the Edison Tale Spinners, Wild Imagination, and Workshop Wednesday writing groups. You will find character sketches, ghost stories, poetry, short stories, and other creative works written over the course of eight weeks by young writers in 3rd through 8th grade.

Happy Reading!