This summer, will you swim like a fish? Will you travel like an adventurer? Will you camp like a scout? Perhaps yes. But, will you read like a worm? For struggling readers or hesitant readers, this break from school can contribute to summer slide. Summer slide refers to the academic losses that commonly occur when students are out of school during the break. When this occurs, the first few months of each school year need to be spent catching up with skills that have been lost. For an already struggling student, this simply might not be enough. Fortunately, there are things that parents and care givers can do to help overcome it.
The article “Avoiding Summer Slide (Great Tips and Idea)“, by teacher Kathleen Wainwright has some great ideas on how not to go down that slippery summer slide. From designating reading time each day and making sure your library card is well-oiled and ready to use, to reading together, incentivizing reading, and packing books along for long lines, car rides, appointments, etc, there are many ways to keep reading going strong. Perhaps one of her best tips is just to turn the television off (I will add all electronics) and have specific quiet time at night, when everyone in the entire house reads. It could be newspapers, cookbooks, magazines, or novels. Lead and read by example!
Summer is short and it own type of fast paced. The stakes are too high to let reading become one of those things not in your summer plans. Like an old carnival attraction, the fall from the slide is too high and dramatic. It’s downright treacherous!