Summer Shuffle Literacy

Summer Shuffle

Every year, Impact on Education and Boulder Housing Partners (BHP) team up to bring summer literacy programming to children 3 to 5 years old living in three housing complexes in Boulder County. Students receive targeted literacy instruction and have opportunities to cuddle up with books and read, write and talk daily with teachers and volunteers. In addition, this literacy support incorporates iPod shuffles and iPads loaded with educational apps, ebooks, songs, and language activities. Families are also invited to field trips to the Boulder Public Library, local museums, hiking spots and more.

Students, who generally will attend bilingual programs, will learn both in Spanish and English. In addition to literacy skills, they will work on developing oral language skills, learning the sounds that go with letters, and learning to write their names.

Summer Shuffle 2018


June 11th – July 19th, 2018 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 am to 12 pm



June 11th – July 19th, 2018 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 am to 12 pm


Red Oak Park

June 11th – July 19th, 2018 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9:30 am to 11:30 am


Weekly Family Night

June 11th – July 19th, 2018 every Thursday from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Media Coverage

Media Coverage

Boulder Students Get Extra Literacy Instruction in Summer Program

Learning to Read → Reading to Learn

Children spend their early years learning to read, and then about mid-way through the elementary school years students begin to read to learn. When students fall behind and lack early reading proficiency it leads to long-term and wide-reaching academic problems. One in six students who are not reading proficiently by the end of 3rd grade do not graduate from high school on time, a rate four times higher than that for proficient readers.

Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education:

“A key step toward stopping the summer slide, is the development and launch of high quality programs that take advantage of time outside the school day and year to help children learn, grow, and develop.”

What Parents are Saying:

“I liked the family activities. I learned how to read books with my kids. I had not learned these things before. When the school offered informational nights, I wasn’t able to go, but here in the community it was easy.” “At first (my child) didn’t want to go. But at the end he would ask me to take him to the teachers and was mad that I didn’t, even though I explained that they weren’t there that day. (My Child) learned the alphabet and he liked it a lot.” “I learned that when our children are going to read to us that we don’t say “no”, that we listen to what they’ve learned. That they can read to us and it doesn’t all need to be correct.” “She loved listening to the headphones and using the ipad. She would spend all day studying and listening to books. The kids were really happy with the program.”


Program Components

  • Small group literacy instruction using BVSD’s best literacy practices and student data
  • Family opportunities for library visits and reading nights
  • High quality literacy resources, namely books and over 40 devices (iPods and iPads), used during the school year as part of the Impact on Education funded Take My Teacher Home project and redirected into the Kalmia summer instructional model
  • 4 mornings/week in the windows before BVSD Summer School begins and after BVSD summer school ends; these mornings consist of small group literacy instruction
  • 1 evening per week in the middle of the summer concurrent with the BVSD  summer school calendar; these evenings consist of family reading nights and family visits to the Boulder library using RTD.