Why Summer Reading is Important
"When it comes to summer, reading may not be the first thing—or even in the top ten things—kids have in mind! But reading can be the ideal summer activity. It’s fun, portable, can involve the whole family, and will help your child academically." NEA
- Summer reading loss is a key factor contributing to the achievement gap between struggling and successful students.
- Children who don’t read over the summer lose 3 months of reading comprehension.
- The loss is accumulative – by the end of 6th grade these kids are 2 school years behind their peers.
- Middle school is too late; even with the best remedial classes, these students will remain behind their peers.
- Lower-achieving students are less likely to read out of school.
- Young children with richer home literacy environments succeed when they begin school.
- Those comfortable reading are more likely to choose recreational reading as a summer activity.
- Having access to books, and having books in the home, is essential to building strong readers.
- Public libraries can break these cycles and get materials into the homes of children who do not have their own books.
- Freedom to select reading materials of their choice results in strengthening reading skills.
- Reading as few as 4 books keeps kids at their current reading levels.
Don't Forget to Write!
Writing equips us with communication and thinking skills. Writing expresses who we are as people. Writing makes our thinking and learning visible and permanent. Writing fosters our ability to explain and refine our ideas to others and ourselves. Just like reading is important during the summer to prevent “summer slide”, so is writing. Here are some writing prompts for children, found at journalbuddies.com.
List of 13 Creative Writing Prompts for Kids
- Imagine that you are stuck inside a TV. What will you do? What shows would you visit?
- Would you rather be an animal or a toy?
- If you invented a machine, what would it do?
- If you designed a video game, what would it be called?
- What is an issue that our world needs to work on?
- What are three things that you could never live without?
- What is your favorite food?
- Who is your favorite actor?
- Which type of natural disaster is the scariest?
- Would you rather be really big or really tiny?
- Do you think you’ll go to college someday? Why or why not?
- What is your favorite place to go on vacation?
- If your pet could talk, what would he or she say?