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As our busy and exciting year together comes to a close, the Roosevelt Title 1 staff would like to remind you of the crucial importance of reading to and with your child over the summer months. For many children, summer is a time of enrichment with activities that enhance and expand on things they learn in school. For other children, however, the summer break puts a pause on learning and causes what is known as the “summer slide” ----- the loss of academic skills while school is out of session. All children experience summer learning loss when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer months. However, for children who are already struggling academically, summer learning loss widens existing learning gaps that can challenge academic success in the new school year. It is estimated that school summer breaks will cause the average student to lose up to one month of instruction, with disadvantaged students being disproportionately affected. Sadly, summer reading loss is cumulative. Children don’t “catch up” in the fall because the other children are moving ahead with their skills. By the end of 6th-grade children who lose reading skills over the summer can be two years behind their classmates.
The good news is that current research shows the increased summer reading reduces summer learning loss. Simply reading between 4-6 chapter books can stop the “summer slide!” Did you know that, on average per year, children spend 900 hours in school and 7,800 hours outside of school? Or, that a child who reads 20 minutes independently outside of the school day will gain 3,000 new vocabulary word a year! The amount of time children spend engaged in reading outside of school is the best predictor of reading achievement and academic gains!
We can all agree that reading during the summer is important. We also know that motivating children to read during vacation can be difficult. The staff at Roosevelt is dedicated to helping our children maintain the many gains they have made this year and alleviate summer learning loss. For this reason, we have created a summer reading contest!! This contest packet contains all that is needed to keep your child growing as a reader this summer. As a part of the One School One Book program, your child will soon receive a chapter book to kick off our reading drive!! Enjoy reading this together and look for fun activities to coincide with the book!
We hope you will support our efforts and encourage your child to participate in Roosevelt’s Summer Reading Contest! A summer reading packet will be passed out in May. Completed packets should be returned to school in August. We look forward to recognizing your children as sensational summer readers!
You can also take advantage of many other free summer reading incentives in conjunction with our contest. The Lakewood Public Library offers summer reading incentives and activities for children. Barnes and Noble will allow your child to chose a free book for reading 8 books this summer. Chuck E. Cheese has a summer reading program where kids can earn free 10 Chuck E. Cheese tokens for reading each day for 2 weeks. Half Price Books offers elementary students a $ 5.00 gift card for reading 15 minutes each day throughout the summer. Sign up online for the Junie B. Jones reading club and get a free starter kit that includes a copy of Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, activity sheets, and membership ID card.
Throughout all of your family summer activities, we also hope that you and your children will visit our Roosevelt Title 1 Info and Programs page under Quick Links on the Roosevelt homepage this summer. Here you can find a multitude of online stories, videos, sight words, and games to inform and entertain!
Best wishes for a relaxing and restful summer full of family fun and exciting reading adventures!
Your Roosevelt Title 1 Staff,
Mrs. Snyder and Mr.Plevyak