Summer reading loss is a topic that has been widely studied, with results showing that roughly 45% of students’ decoding skills decrease over the summer, and 25% of students’ fluency decreases over the summer months. The cause of this decline is often that students are just not spending enough time reading and being exposed to literature throughout the summer. With many students attending day camps and participating in fun outdoor activities, there is little time left for students to engage in reading tasks. There are several things that can be done to ensure your child does not fall behind in reading over the summer months.
- Hire a tutor!
Setting aside time each week for your child to work with a professional tutor will ensure that they have the attention and focus needed to keep up their reading over the summer.
- Participate in a book exchange
With your child and a few of their friends, collect some books that they would be interested in reading. Each child can read one book at a time and get together every week or two to exchange the books between the kids. A great way to set up play dates as well!
- Summer reading list
Ask your child’s teacher for some suggested books at your child’s level. Put together a reading list, and have fun checking off each book on the list as they are read throughout the summer!
- Use your daily routines
Using your daily routines to enhance reading at home is a great way to get your children involved. Reading recipes out of a cookbook, finding local events in the newspaper, reading the grocery list when you go to the store, among others are all great ways to engage your child in authentic reading experience.