Avoid Summer Slide via Reading.

Ah, summer!

That could be my whole post. But I’d like to talk about summer slide.

Summer slide is a real thing. When school isn’t in session over the summer months there can be a decline in academic skills and achievement.

What can you do to help your children retain what they’ve worked so hard to acquire? Read.

Have your children read daily for at least 20 minutes. You should pick up something to read, too. If it is important, it’s a good idea to model it.

Let’s get started!

  • Make use of your local library and get library cards. There’s something empowering about a library card!
  • Visit bookstores — especially if they have storytime.
  • Listen to audio books.
  • Keep a reading log (you’ll find free ones online).
  • Organize a friends book club.

Explore different kinds of reading materials!

  • Recipes: Following recipes is also great for math and science.
  • Going out to eat? Pick up a paper to-go menu on your way in. Read choices. Play letter or word hunt. Circle new words. Find and count high frequency words (the, and, with, etc).
  • Going on a trip? Let your kids help with the research and the itinerary planning.
  • Environmental Print: Read signage while you’re in the car or out for a walk.

Lastly, always remember the importance of read-alouds. By you. To Them.

All summer long. 🙂