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Camps and Small Groups

What: The Joy of Learning offers camps and small groups for K-6 Reading, Writing, and Math. Group sizes are 2-4 students each, and are carefully built with students who have very similar academic needs.








Camps are held in the Boulder, CO area, and small groups are held in person in the Boulder, CO area, or virtually. 


Camps are offered in the summer, and small groups are offered year round in the morning, early afternoon, or late afternoon, depending on families' schedules. 



Camps and small groups are appropriate for students with mild to moderate Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, ADHD, and other learning differences, and for all students desiring academic support.

Teachers have extensive classroom experience, training and experience teaching Orton Gillingham, Reading Comprehension, Writing, and Multisensory Math, as well as training and experience working with students with a wide variety of learning styles. 










We use the Orton Gillingham method to teach reading, which is a very highly regarded, research based method that employs multiple senses to teach to mastery in a very structured and systematic way that is engaging for the learner. Learn more about Orton Gillingham in our article, What is Orton Gillingham?


We use multisensory methods to teach math, which means that math concepts are taught using math manipulatives - hands on math materials representing values and concepts that allow students to build deep conceptual understanding. Students transition to visual and abstract understandings once they have a solid conceptual understanding. 


For writing, we use a structured approach that aligns well with Orton Gillingham. Students learn step by step  how to build sentences, paragraphs, and longer compositions. They also learn step by step how to write narrative, opinion, and information texts, how to edit their work, and how to dress up their work with word choice, transition words, and varied sentence structures. 

Current Offerings:

We are currently offering the following small groups and camps. We design camps and small groups around the needs of the students who are enrolled. We can create a small group when we have at least 2 students enrolled at the same level. it is also possible to start with 1-1 instruction and then add a 2nd or 3rd student later. 

Here are the groups we are currently offering for Math, Reading, and Writing. Approximate Grade Levels are Included. Note that in order to be ready for a level, students need to be proficient in most of the content in the previous levels for that subject. 


  • Math (Approx K-1 level): single digit addition and subtraction, place value (make 10, doubles, facts)

  • Math (Approx 2nd level) multi digit addition and subtraction (facts up to 20, strategies up to 100 and 1,000), place value, money

  • Math (Approx 3-5th level) - multiplication facts, strategies, and concepts

  • Math (Approx 4th- 6th level) - all about fractions, decimals, and percents

Reading (sounding out words and fluency) and Spelling:

  • (Approx K Level): Solidifying letter names and sounds, reading and spelling CVC words and common sight words.

  • Reading (Approx 1st Level): digraphs, blends, and common word chunks, ed suffix 

  • Reading (Approx 2nd level): Silent E, Common vowel teams and simple 2 syllable words

  • Reading (Approx late 2nd Level): Bossy R (Or, ER, IR, UR, AR) and Dipthongs (OY, OI, OU, AU, OW), more advanced 2 and 3 syllable words.

  • Reading (Approx 3rd/4th level): Soft C and G, silent letters, shwa, tion, sion, cian

  • Reading (Approx 4th-8th level) Focus on multisyllabic words, prefixes, suffixes, and root words

Reading Comprehension:

For students who read fluently but struggle with comprehension, we offer comprehension specific instruction. We directly teach comprehension strategies, including Identifying Main Ideas and Details , Summarizing and Determining Importance, Making Inferences, Making Predictions, and Comparing and Contrasting. We also teach students to self monitor their understanding and use fix-up strategies when they don't understand. Students learn these strategies individually and apply them all to various types of texts. 


Writing Composition:

  • Writing Composition (Approx K-2 level): Handwriting, beginning sentences, beginning spelling, summarizing stories.

  • Writing Composition : (Approx 2nd-4th Level) Paragraphs, dressing up sentences, word choice, narrative, information, and opinion writing structures, writing process (planning, drafting, revising, editing, final draft). 

If you are interested in a small group or camp, please email Jordan at

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