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Why Read Over the Summer?

This post if courtesy of Melissa Arof, 7th Grade LA Teacher at Elm Place.

 

Summer is here and if you think these lazy, hazy months should be all play and no work, take a gander at the following statistics.

-All students experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer.

-On average, students lose approximately 2.6 months of grade level equivalency in mathematical computation skills and reading skills during the summer months.

-Research shows that teachers typically spend between 4-6 weeks re-teaching material that students have forgotten over the summer.

Something is waiting for many children each summer and parents don’t even know it’s out there. It’s called the “summer slide,” and it describes what happens when young minds sit idle for three months.

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 2 months or roughly 22% of the school year…It’s common for teachers to spend at least a month reteaching material that students have forgotten over the summer. That month of reteaching eliminates a month that could have been spent teaching new information and skills.”

Why should students read during the summer?

Language Arts and Reading teachers work extremely hard during the school year to encourage students to develop a lifelong interest in reading and writing. Research shows that students who do not engage in cognitive activities during the summer lose one to three months of learning. However, summer reading not only helps students retain the skills they need to enjoy academic success but also offers them enriching experiences through books.

Students who read during the summer are more likely to . . .

maintain the fluency required for success

maintain and increase their vocabulary, comprehension, and knowledge of literary skills

learn of the resources provided by the public library

talk with family and friends about books

discover new interests or hobbies

discover the enjoyment of reading

Research also shows that reading just six books during the summer may keep a struggling reader from regressing. When choosing the six, be sure that they are just right, not too hard and not too easy for you to read. Take advantage of your local library. Ask for help selecting books that match your age, interests, and abilities. The Highland Park Library runs a summer reading program that rewards reading with prizes and gift cards to motivate kids to read.

So, it’s always a good time to think about keeping the brain stimulated, as well as the body moving over the summer months. Keep it simple, fun, and stimulating.

Taken from the following sources:

http://mcnair.ms.brevard.k12.fl.us/media_documents/SummerMcNair%20Reading%20News2012.pdf

http://www.rif.org/us/literacy-resources/articles/keeping-kids-off-the-summer-slide.htmhttp://mediaroom.scholastic.com/files/SCBookList2013_AgeYA.pdfhttp://www.today.com/id/13388817/ns/today-parenting_and_family/t/prevent-summer-learning-loss-your-kids/#.UYvRTytT078 Page 1

 

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