Children who do not have access to reading can lose up to 2 months of reading achievement during the summer. Each summer slide adds up and can ultimately impact a child’s school experience. The image above shows that children who do not read over the summer often fall three grade levels behind their peers in reading skills. Students that continue to read over the summer see significant gains in reading scores from the spring to the fall and are more successful the following school year.
You can help your child prevent summer slide by visiting the public library and giving your child access to books. Children who read receive the most gains in reading achievement including reading comprehension, writing styles, vocabulary, spelling, and grammar development. Reading just 4-6 books over the summer has the potential to prevent decline in reading achievement scores from the spring to the fall. Even small steps are beneficial so please help your child be successful by encouraging reading! “Research taken from www.cde.state.co.us/cdelib/summerslide”
Marie Voss-Patterson, Principal