Experts agree that children who read during the summer gain reading skills, while those who do not often slide backward. According to the authors of a report from the National Summer Learning Association: "A conservative estimate of lost instructional time is approximately two months or roughly 22 percent of the school year.... It's common for teachers to spend at least a month re-teaching material that students have forgotten over the summer. That month of re-teaching eliminates a month that could have been spent on teaching new information and skills." ~An excerpt from the article, Keeping Kids Off the Summer Slide, found on the Reading Is Fundamental website.
Here are some ideas for how to keep your children "off the summer slide":
Read, read, read
Keeping your child in the habit of reading is very important. Whether they are reading to you or you are reading to them, set time aside regularly to focus on reading. Have your child go back through their literacy homework bin and practice what they have learned during the school year.
Visit the library- Closed at this time
Mahtomedi has a wonderful library, Wildwood Public Library, that has many fun summer reading activities. Stop by to see them and find out more about their fun summer reading programs.
The library is located at 763 Stillwater Road, Mahtomedi. www.co.washington.mn.us/library
Wildwood Elementary's Little Free Library- This is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share. Our Wildwood Little Free Library is located right in front of our school! http://littlefreelibrary.org/
Try out some good reading websites
www.bookflix.com (You will need to use your library card to access this site
www.readingbear.org (This site is great for phonics practice.)
Introduce some good apps (iOS):
ABC Ninja- Innovative Mobile Apps
Endless Reader- Originator Inc.
Bob Books Reading Magic Lite- Bob Books Pub, LLC
Sentence Reading Magic- Preschool University
ABC Reading Magic 1- Preschool University
ABC Reading Magic 2
Write cards to relatives, make up lists for the grocery story, write a story about a great summer trip...These are all ideas for helping your child to use their reading skills to write.
Summer Slide Reading Activities
Download pages for your child to work on over the summer.