It’s time to talk about the dreaded Summer Slide. Some believe the summer slide to be a myth. Some teachers believe it occurs more in developing readers. Either way, it IS real.
When we don’t use our muscles for months at a time, they get weak. The muscles lose strength and can lose what gains had been previously made. Kids are the same way. When students who don’t read for months at a time, they can lose the precious progress they have made over the school year.
We definitely don’t want that to happen! But we also don’t want to send home endless amounts of worksheets either. It is called balance. Families need something to maintain the skills and it needs to be easy for them to implement. It also has to be engaging. Let’s face it. If the task isn’t fun, the reading won’t get done!
An easy and fun way to keep kids reading is with our Summer Reading Challenge and Summer Shelfie!
Copy the Summer Reading Challenge onto bright paper to send home. Bright paper will increase the chances that it will be seen by a parent. 🙂 It is filled with fun summer reading ideas. Students can color each box as they complete the tasks. I don’t like bribing students to ready, but you may get more sheets completed if you ask them to return them to you at back to school. Maybe they could receive something small for returning it.
The Summer Shelfie is admittedly going to be filled out by your students who enjoy reading or who have a parent willing to be sure they read and have things to read. But that is okay! Even a few who read is better than none. For each book read, they write it on the book spine on a shelf on the paper.
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