Research shows that students who do not read over the summer will lose up to 3 months of reading achievement. Further, this reading loss is cumulative. For example, a student who doesn’t read over the summer throughout all four middle school years, could be more than a full year behind his or her peers in reading. Our fifth and sixth reading teachers presented great lessons on preventing the “summer slide” during the month of June in their reading classes. Students looked at data, so that they could fully understand “the slide”. Then, they made a reading plan. Have you seen your child’s plan? They chose books they wanted to read, they charted dates they could read on a calendar, they even indicated where they would read. Many teachers took students to the Lawrence Library to become familiar with the space and all of the cool programs they offer. We even had book swaps, so that students could stock up on great reading materials! Our teachers joined in the fun and decorated their doors with all of the titles they are going to read! We will share pictures of the doors throughout the summer.
Your children are ready to read, they just may need a reminder! Over the course of the summer, we will be posting Book Reviews written by students and teachers. Please encourage your child to email me when they read a great book. Also, we’d love some “selfies” of our students and teachers reading, send those along, too! Let’s see all of the cool places NMS students and teachers go to read!