During the school year, students spend hours in the classroom learning how to read and enhancing their reading skills.
However, research shows the average child loses two months or more of reading achievement when they go on summer break, which is 22 percent of the school year.
Carol Rasco, president and CEO of Reading is Fundamental said, “We need to engage our children in a very fun way so [they] will want to [read] and it doesn't make them miserable.”
So, some advice for parents to avoid the summer slide: find fun things for your children to read and think outside the box. There are many different avenues that can make reading fun for your child.
Rasco suggests, “Read cereal boxes, recipes, newspapers, go to the library, but just actively look for interesting and fun ways to read.”
There is a major push for parents to get involved this summer. It's not just about teaching the children to read, but helping parents to make sure their children are ready to read.
Rasco says, “Actively participate with them [and] remember, reading is a life skill.”
It’s a life skill made easier with extra reading during the summer so you can avoid the summer slide.
The oldest literacy organization in America, Reading is Fundamental, has teamed with Holiday Inn Express to find fun books for kids this summer.
Parents can log onto Holiday Inn Express for more information.