Summer Reading Makes Strides

by Danielle Cotterman on August 4, 2011 at 4:31 am

An ocean-themed literacy program makes strides for both students and student-teachers.

‘Commotion in the Ocean’ is a summer-time literacy program taking place at Ohio University Zanesville. The event is put on by Early and Middle Childhood Education Majors working to meet requirements for their education license. Assistant Professor of Education, Dr. Beverly Bell said it’s a win-win situation, as the activities also help prepare the children for back to school.

"They’re so enthused about getting the children enthused about learning," said Bell. "And then you see these children not sure what to expect and then they get caught-up in my student, teacher candidates, enthusiasm."

Youth Participants have the chance to work one-on-one with the Education Majors, engaging in fun-activities designed to review reading skills and learning strategies. Middle Childhood Education Student, Josh Middleton choose education as a career path in hopes of making a difference in the community. He said the literacy-program is a wonderful lesson.

"You get valuable experience," said Middleton. "Being with the kids on a day-to-day basis you might not just get sitting in a classroom."

The ocean-theme is explored through literature, art, storytelling, and cooking projects. Third Grader Addie Young thinks she will have a head start compared to other children when she heads back to school.

"I’ve learned about whale-sharks, that their the biggest fish in the ocean," expressed Young.

For more information or to register your child in the program contact Dr. Beverly Bell at or (740) 588-1481.