Summer Reading Challenge
Every June at St. Mary's we challenge our students to read! The idea is to build excitement for reading so that we all continue to read over the summer break. Teachers often notice a "summer slide" where students reading abilities drop during the 2 months that they are away from school. This drop can be significantly decreased by ensuring that your child reads over the summer. As Donalyn Miller states in her book Reading in the Wild, "Students can offset this summer reading slump by reading as few as four or five books over the summer."
This year we are working on an even bigger and better program. Look for great prizes when we return to school in the fall. All you need to do is share what books you read and where you read during the break.
If you lost your card, print a new one so that you can enter for incredible prizes!
"Summer reading loss has long been recognized as a challenge to helping all kids become readers. In 1983, Hayes and Grether reported summer reading loss with students in New York City. Since then, reading scholars have reported similar findings (Borman & D'Agostino, 1996; Cooper, Nye, Charlton, Lindsay, & Greathouse, 1996; Entwisle, Alexander, & Olson, 1997). In 2007, Alexander, Entwisle, and Olson noted that summer reading loss was responsible for 80% of the achievement gap between children in communities with low- and high-socioeconomic status. In particular, reading researchers have noted that kids who read over the summer are less likely to experience reading loss (Heyns, 1987)."