We all know that reading over the summer is super important because it helps prevent the dreaded “summer slide” we usually see in August. However, let’s be honest… most students don’t read very much over the summer.
To help with this, our school library is open several times over the summer so that students can come in to check out books. Each student also receives a reading list during the last week of school, with the goal of filling it out all summer in order to earn an ice cream party when school resumes. It always surprises me how few of those pages are returned though. It was time for me to try something new.
Last year, I created free accounts for each of my students in Scholastic’s Summer Reading World Record Challenge. It only takes a few minutes to set up the accounts and Scholastic provides multiple forms and printables to support student success. I didn’t have as many students participate as I had hoped, but I think that’s because I waited until the last day or two of school to send the information home.
This year, I’m sending it home earlier so students and families have lots of time to look over the websites, try it out, and get back with me if they have any questions. I’m hoping that makes a difference and provides a little extra motivation for summer reading. You can grab my parent letter and use as much of it as you’d like for your families.
Summer reading is so important! What do you do to help prevent the summer slide? Link up and let your great ideas out!