Get ready for summer reading!

Research shows that kids who do not read during the summer months fall victim to the Summer Slide, in which they lose skills during summer vacation. This is an acute problem for elementary students, because they lose so much, so quickly. We spend the first quarter trying to get students back to the level they were at the end of the previous year.

The bigger problem with the Summer Slide is that it affects the most vulnerable students, those who have the least support at home. Scholastic, PBS Kids and iVillage joined to promote Summer Reading Central for kids and parents. The goal is to get kids to read at least 4 books over the summer to prevent the Summer Slide.

Scholastic’s Summer Challenge lets kids log their reading time in pursuit of a World Record. In Summer 2010, students around the world logged 52,710,368 reading minutes. Scholastic will feature the 20 schools with the most minutes this summer in the 2012 Scholastic Book of World Records.

There’s a 12 page Family Participation Guide online with reading logs, certificates, forms for recommending books to others, and WordGirl definition and vocabulary activities. Suggested Book Lists are posted online for the 2011 Summer Reading Challenge, organized into dozens of categories of interests, also identified by reading level or age.

As for me, I’ll be reading and writing all summer. I love it!

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Posted in Fun With Literacy by Corey Green @ Jun 10, 2011


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