Stop the Slide This Summer

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We have been really well behaved this year….

…and so Santa has promised us a new website for Christmas!

HE CAME EARLY!  Thank you Santa!


The bad news is:


“What we know is 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,” Allington said. “This creates a three to four month gap every year. Every two or three years the kids who don’t read in the summer fall a year behind the kids who do.” – University of Tennessee, Knoxville, faculty members Richard Allington and Anne McGill-Franzen

and check out this article


The good news is: 

Here are 5 great ideas to share with parents including links to sites which will be FUN and help maintain children’s reading levels over the Summer break:


  • Visit a library and have children choose their own books to take on holiday (giving books works well too – but allowing children to choose has been proven an even more powerful stimulus)



  • Have a family reading challenge: Names of family members (or pictures of them reading) and the list of things they have read (news articles – is a great place to start as you can read the same article but change the reading level)




  • A family reading challenge – each person reads a book of their choice aloud and uses the kung fu punctuation


And have a WONDERFUL Christmas!!