Summer is in full swing, and we hope that you are enjoying the outdoors. But don’t forget to pack some books in your bag for summer vacation. Read during long car rides or while sitting on the beach! Anne McGill-Franzen and Richard Allington, professors of education at the University of Tennessee who completed a three year study on the subject, found that children who do not read in the summer lose two to three months of reading development while kids who do read tend to gain a month of reading proficiency. Further, that the summer reading slide can be likened to an athlete’s level of fitness. If a runner stops running for 3 months, his performance will likely decline. Research by Jimmy Kim of Harvard University suggests that reading four or five books over the summer can prevent summer reading loss.
So, visit the Lawrence Library, or download some titles on your Kindle! Summer is a prime opportunity to read high interest novels, a series by your favorite author, or catch up on magazines.
Recommended Summer Reading Links:
Grades 7 & 8: http://www.haisln.org/images/HAISLN_Grades_7-8_2014.PDF
Grade 5: http://www.ala.org/alsc
Kim, J.S. (2004). Summer reading and the ethnic achievement gap. Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk, 9(2), 169-188.
University of Tennessee at Knoxville. “Summer reading is key to maintaining or improving students’ reading skills.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 22 July 2010. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/07/100721112234.htm>.