Keep up the momentum year round.

Tackle Advocacy offers multiple summer programs to keep your child engaged and learning year round.

Book Clubs ($110 – includes book)

Need your child reading over the summer and tired of fighting with them about it. Have your child attend one of Tackle’s Book Clubs. We will have fun in a small group setting discussing the story while working on reading comprehension skills, writing skills and project completion. Students will have so much fun they will not realize they are reviewing skills needed for academic success in school. (Max 6 students for each)

Rising 3rd Graders

Rising 3rd graders have a great opportunity in the summer to start exploring chapter books! Developing readers can read leisurely without the pressure of other school work and hone their literacy skills.

Meet July 19, 21, 26, 28 10:00 – 12:00
Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker by Shelley Johannes.
This is a new book series about a kid starting third grade. Beatrice does her best thinking while hanging upside down. ( I mean, don’t we all??? ) She’s not the kind of girl who wants to fit inside the box and she and her best friend spend the summer planning a first day of third grade spy mission. However, her friend doesn’t follow through and Beatrice has to make some adjustments. A fun series about a charming protagonist.

Meet July 19, 21, 26, 28 2:00 – 4:00
Mac B., KidSpy #1 : Mac Undercover is a fabulous series by Mac Barneet.
Junior undercover agent, Mac B. gets a call from the Queen of England. The precious Crown Jewels have been stolen, and there’s only one person who can help the Queen of England: her newest secret agent, Mac B. Mac travels around the globe in search of the stolen treasure…but will he find it in time? From secret identities to Karate hijinks, this fast-paced, witty and historically inspired chapter book will keep readers guessing until the very last page.

Rising 4th Graders

Meet July 27, 29, August 3, 5
10:00 – 12:00
How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell.
People are always daring Billy to do zany things. But Billy may have bitten off more than he can chew when he takes his friend Alan’s bet that Billy can’t eat fifteen worms in fifteen days. If Billy wins, Alan has to fork over fifty dollars. Billy wants the money to buy a used minibike, so he’s ready to dig in. He sets up mustard and ketchup, salt and pepper, and sugar and lemon to disguise the disgusting taste. Good news for Billy—once he gets going, he finds himself actually getting hooked on those juicy worms. Bad news for Billy—Alan is busy cooking up schemes to make Billy worm out of the bet. Will Billy keep up his wormy work for fifteen days?

Meet July 27, 29, August 3, 5
2:00 – 4:00
Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Future Author Extraordinaire by Susan Tan.
Cilla Lee-Jenkins is 50% Chinese, 50% Caucasian, and 100% destined for literary greatness! In this middle grade novel, she shares stories about a new sibling, being biracial, and her destiny as a future author extraordinaire.

Rising 5th Graders

Meet June 22, 24, 29, July 1
10:00 – 12:00
Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man Through My Eyes by David A. Adler.
This biography traces Gehrig’s life, from childhood through his illustrious career with the Yankees to his struggle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and his tragic death at age thirty-seven. This book captures the strength, modesty, and dignity for which this remarkable man will always be remembered.

Meet June 22, 24, 29, July 1
2:00 – 4:00
The Jumbies By Tracey Baptiste
A spine-tingling tale rooted in Caribbean folklore about an ordinary girl who must use her extraordinary bravery–and a bit of magic – to save her island home from jumbies, the scary spirits that haunt the forest.

Academic Boot Camps (Cost $150)

From math skills to learning better study habits, these boot camps will get your child ready for the fall. Pick one or mix and match these targeted academic camps to create an ideal learning program for your child.

Camp Pricing:
1 Camp: $150
2 Camps: $275
3 Camps: $400

Fractions, Decimals, Percents Camp

Fractions, Decimals, Percents Camp: Do you want your child to understand his or her math 100%, 1.0 or 100/100? This weeklong camp will reinforce the three vital building blocks of fractions, decimals and percents. This will help establish the necessary foundation for future math classes. Give your student the edge in this fun and interactive camp! (Max 6 students)

Meet: August 2, 4, 9, 11
Rising 5th: 9:30 – 11:00
Rising 6th: 1:00 – 2:30
Rising 7th: 3:00 – 4:30

Math 1 Camp Jumpstart

This boot camp will encompass algebraic equations and some geometry. Students will begin
with basic terms of algebraic expressions (constant, exponent, variable) and move into solving
more comprehensive equations. The focus will be on combining like terms and forming
equivalent algebraic expressions. Students will get comfortable with plotting points, finding
slope, and graphing linear equations. The camp will finish with some geometric shapes (finding
perimeter, area, and volume). Other topics covered will include a review of integers, exponents,
systems of equations, and quadratic functions.

Week of July 12th, July 19th or August 16th
9:30 – 12:00 or 1:30 – 4:00

Becoming a Better Writer – A Crash Course

In this intensive writing course, students will explore essential elements of the writing process and how they can incorporate those elements into their academic writing. Students will develop valuable insight into brainstorming, thesis formation, organization, and revision. Boost your writing confidence and start the school year off right!

Why should students work with a writing specialist?
Writing is, hands down, the most important skill for students in advanced courses and making the transition into college.  Unfortunately, one of the biggest challenges in learning to write is the limitation of the classroom.  Students need personalized insight and in-depth feedback in order to flourish. By working with a dedicated writing specialist, students can develop a foundation for using writing as a vehicle for thinking, and they can improve their reading comprehension, analysis, and organization. 

Week of July 12th or August 9th
9:30 – 12:00

About the Co-Instructor: RJ Hooker is a writer, educator, and student support specialist who has supported student writing for over a decade. After earning a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from George Mason University, RJ has used his passion to engage student writers in writing center work, secondary and postsecondary English and Composition courses, and currently works as an admissions essay specialist for students applying to college.  

College Admissions Essay Camp

In the world of competitive college admissions, students must do everything they can to set themselves apart in their application and one of the most important deciding factors of an outstanding application is the essay.  In this intensive workshop, students will learn about the admissions process as a whole, gain in-depth knowledge on how to craft an engaging and personal essay, and develop skills to tackle numerous supplemental questions.  Students will also write their essay and receive one-on-one feedback from an admissions essay specialist.  

Week of August 2nd or August 9th

Study Skills Camp

Academic success requires more than just smarts. The best students use tailored study strategies, learn to optimize their use of time and keep their files – physical and digital – in good order. Help your student hit the
ground running this fall with the essential strategies learned from this camp!

Week of August 9th
1 – 4 pm