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!
Happy Summer! As summer starts, my children and I are looking forward to an incredible adventure. This adventure is courtesy of some great reads at our local library. The New York State Summer Reading Program, “Every Hero Has a Story” is underway. Truly a fantastic theme, both the Erie County library system and the Nioga County Library System, which encompasses Niagara, Orleans, and Genesee Counties, are all offering a myriad of special events this summer. This is in addition to their fine collection of books, blockbuster DVD’s, periodicals, lectures, and story hours that are offered. Each of these sites will give you a further breakdown of what is happening at individual locations, within the system
But what do you look for when you are there? I do believe it is important to allow a young person to get out books of their personal persuasion (of course within reason) – But what about the reluctant reader? Fortunately there are some great on line sites that suggest some pretty wonderful reads for young people. The “Huffington Post” article, “32 Enthralling Summer Reading Books for Kids of All Ages,” has some wonderful and unique finds for the most hesitant or uncertain young person. The website about.com lists their top books for young people for this summer in an article titled “2015 Reading Lists for Kids and Teens“. From individual picks to great series oriented books, there are some wonderful choices for young people here, too.
Summer is fleeting, but just the right time to embark on an adventure. The sky is the limit when it comes to literary ones…..