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How can YOU beat the Summer Slide?

This part of our site is dedicated to helping our little friends to help prevent the summer slide. Here you'll find articles on ways to help students, as well as ways you and your family can keep on practicing those skills you've worked SO HARD on this year. :)
 
What exactly is the "summer slide"?
The summer slide is a "slide" that occurs every summer, where students who don't continue to practice what they have learned over the summer, lose some information. Many sources say that Children who sit idle can lose, "lose more than two months of reading achievement. Summer reading loss is cumulative. By the end of 6th grade children who lose reading skills over the summer will be 2 years behind their classmates."
 
 
A few ways you can help your child avoid this "slide":
-encourage your child to read every day. Whether it be a grocery list, a magazine article here and there, or a recipe--as long as they're reading! :-)
 
-Aim for reading around 20 minutes a day. This doesn't have to be a prescribed "sit and read for 20 minutes"...this could be reading a picture book to a sibling for 10 minutes, reading a comic book for 5,and reading the back of a cereal box over breakfast for another 5. See? Not so bad!

We have also been discussing Donalyn Miller's "Book a Day Challenge", that many of our students are hoping to participate in. It encourages participants to read a book a day, whether that book is fiction, non-fiction, a picture book, or graphic novel-- participants are simply encouraged to read an average of a book a day.
Parents-- if you're interested in finding inspiration on social media, look for the hashtag #bookaday OR #bookaday13118 to see what everyone around is reading!

http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/book_whisperer/2011/06/the_3rd_annual_book-a-day_chal.html

-Infuse reading wherever you can. Have a kindergartner? Have them find different letters on products as YOU are getting your shopping done. Have them look for sight words on signs as you're taking a day trip. Use the opportunities around you to come up with "teachable moments".
 
-Practice sight words, and make that into a game. Time your children, and see how long it takes for them to get through the whole list, and after 2 weeks, see how with practice they've improved. Make a matching game for those words that they're having trouble with.
http://www.westbranch.k12.oh.us/userfiles/167/fry_complete_1000.pdf
 
-Don't be afraid of reading non-fiction text to your child. Planning a day trip to Rosamond Gifford Zoo? Visit their website to get some information on some of the animals before you go. Going to the Rochester Museum of Play? Find a book that explains some of the exhibits they're going to see.

Many corporations have also gotten aboard to reduce/reverse the summer slide in students. Barnes and Noble, and even pottery barn are getting in on rewarding such awesome summer readers. You can learn more about these programs here by googling them {many of which are free to join, and printed at home, using books you already have!}:

http://freebies.about.com/od/familyfreestuff/tp/summer-reading.htm

Need suggestions on books for your child to read? The American Library Association has got you COVERED. :-)
http://www.ala.org/alsc/2015-summer-reading-list

As always, should you have any questions regarding how to keep your child motivated to read over the summer {or are just looking for some new books that you'd like recomended to you}, please feel free to reach out to either Corey {Cwasileski@moraviaschool.org}, or Laura {lbowen@moraviaschool.org}.
 
Most of all--HAVE FUN! :)
{thanks to google image & notimeforflashcards.com for the awesome graphics!}