Summer. Summer. Summer. We can hear it whispering on the breeze, feel it pulsating through the growing grass, and sense it drifting off the blossoming trees. It seems to be all we can do to survive the next four weeks until that blessed last school bell rings, propelling both kids and parents alike into 11 weeks of homework-free bliss.
For many, it’s the best time of the year: vacations, family reunions, days at the pool, moonlit night games, and glowing fireflies. Unfortunately with all of that fun comes the dreaded “summer slide” – a research-proven loss of math and reading skills in our kids. Children from low-income households fare worse than average, losing “more than two months in reading achievement” over the summer when they no longer have access to the academic resources available through their school (National Summer Learning Association).
The good news is that, together, we can beat the summer slide! Scholastic offers the following three tips to prevent loss of reading skills over the summer (follow the link for more in-depth descriptions):
- Six books to summer success: Research shows that reading just six books during the summer may keep a struggling reader from regressing. Take advantage of your local library. (That’s us!)
- Read something every day: Encourage your child to take advantage of every opportunity to read. Find opportunities throughout the day in the comics, the weather report, a recipe, or even online.
- Keep reading aloud: Reading aloud benefits all children and teens, especially those who struggle. One benefit is that you can read books your children can't, so they will build listening comprehension skills with grade-level and above books.
The Provo City Library is here to help your children have fun AND keep reading this summer. Our Summer Reading Kickoff event will be on Saturday, June 4 from 9 am to 5 pm. Come sign up and get a jump start on our 2016 Summer Reading Program. Parents, you too! Register for the adult program and be a great reading model for your kids. The Children’s Department will be hopping with lots of fun programs and challenges throughout the summer, so let’s work together to beat the summer slide!
*The Children’s summer program schedule is now available at the Children’s Reference Desk.*