Arkansas River ESC’s Summer Literacy Camp


July 9, 10, 11, 12 (M-Th)  

July 16, 17, 18, 19 (M-Th)

8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Location:  James Matthews Elementary

4501 Dollarway Rd, Pine Bluff, AR 71602


You can mail, email, or drop off completed applications to 
ARESC Attn: Literacy Summer Camp 

912 West 6th 

Pine Bluff, AR 71601

or email to 

Please contact Michaela Howard for registration information.

1-870-730-2962 or

Please leave message with call back number. 

At the beginning of camp, students will be given a backpack and community visit companion (Teach Me Curious George).  The companion will accompany each student through the camp (students read to the companion, students storytell to the companion, students are responsible for caring for the companion.) 


​Students will leave each day with a copy of the book of the day, accompanying non-fiction book, and supporting parental involvement activity.   

The camp will be an 8-day learning opportunity for qualifying children who are 4 or 5 years old with priority given to children entering Kindergarten in August of 2018. This camp is open for any student planning to attend school in Arkansas, Grant, and Jefferson Counties.

The purpose of “Join Curious George to Learn About the Community” literacy camp is to emphasize vocabulary development while fostering a love of reading.  In addition, the camp will provide opportunities to focus on social skills and social emotional development through the learning experiences of Curious George.  

The Arkansas River Education Service Cooperative will provide Arkansas certified early childhood teachers and CDA certified paraprofessionals to plan, implement and reflect on intended learning. The implementation of camp day includes healthy snacks and lunch, auditory rest time, book walk, circle time, shared reading, guided physical activity, fine arts activity, role playing, teacher guided lessons (connecting, modeling,. recalling, predicting, summarizing),  and an off-campus community visit. Each day will be focused on a specific Curious George book and adventure.


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