Summer Reading Program
There were hundreds of children signing up for the Summer Reading program sponsored by the Seguin-Guadalupe County Library. The ‘kickoff’ for this program included games, prizes, treats, and great fun on the lawn of the library.
READ. READ. READ.
The long hot days of summer provide lots of time to read. It’s also a time to make sure kids don’t fall behind. Researchers commonly find that students score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer than they do at the beginning. The reading achievement of children from low-income families takes a particularly big hit.
Research about how much children lose ground over the summer is well documented. Harris Cooper of Duke University notes, “Overall, children experience an average summer learning loss across reading and mathematics of about one month” (1996).
The thing is, though, kids don’t have to lose over the summer. In fact, you can encourage your child to have a summer of fun and learning with these five free and easy things to do.
1. Read Every Day
At the middle school level, reading four to five books over the summer has a positive impact on fall reading achievement comparable to attending summer school (Kim, 2004).
Take your kids to the library often and let them choose which books to check out. Listen to books on tape. Subscribe them to a magazine. Take turns reading to each other. Allow your kids to stay up a half hour later at night as long as they’re reading.
2. Use Math Every Day
The largest summer learning losses for all children occur in mathematical computation, an average of 2.6 months (Cooper, 1996).
Extracted from an article by Brenda McLaughlin and Jane Voorhees Sharp (2005)
Posted on June 12, 2009, in Books, Seguin, Texas and tagged books, children, games, Guadalupe County, library, photographs, prizes, reading, Seguin, summer reading program, Texas, treats. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.