Summer slide is a term that describes the loss of academic progress from being out of school during the summer months. In a longitudinal study on summer slide conducted by Johns Hopkins University researchers Karl Alexander, Doris Entwisle, and Linda Olson in 2007, with students from the ages of 6 - 22 being tracked, reading skills slipped during the summer months for low-income children. In a recent study conducted by McCombs in 2011, it was concluded that elementary students decline a month in the summer and for lower income students, the decline was as much as three months. Both researchers concluded that the decline creates an achievement gap and can be a factor in school dropout rates.
Reading is an evolutionary process. It begins with the understanding of letters and sounds, blends, words, phrases, sentences and being able to comprehend, analyze, and evaluate text to demonstrate understanding of concepts. In this month’s classroom challenge, we will explore resources to slow down summer slide and create strong and confident readers who will read for the love of it and therefore slow down or possibly eliminate the summer slide.
Slowing the Summer Slide
Online library of digitized children’s books. Books are selected by language specialists at the International Youth Library and written in many languages from various countries.
A number of interactive, online websites and mobile device apps to engage students while teaching literacy. Resources provided for all grade levels K-12.
Free online reading challenge. Schools with the top number of summer reading points will win a visit from Michael Northrop (elem.) and Varian Johnson (middle). Students read and log minutes.
Build reading, math and multiple literacy skills. Provides enrichment to students reading independently or students requiring skill building.
Getting Started with the summer reading challenge:
Slowing the Summer Slide
1. Collect and distribute books to students for summer reading
2. Create a summer reading challenge for the children in your neighborhood
3. Encourage students to read, learn new ideas, reflect and write
4. Set family reading goals
5. Visit public library
4. Create a video explaining how you are similar and different from characters in story
6. Write a summary and explain why the story is or is not a good read
Keep them on top of the reading game. Challenge your students, son, daughter, niece, nephew, granddaughter grandson, friend, neighbor, etc. to read. Use the resources shared to teach non-readers phonics, dolch words, read a sentence, a book, etc. What strategies can you share with a non-reader to encourage reading and slow down the summer slide? How can you use the resources provide to slow down the Summer Slide? What resources are you currently using to slow the Summer Slide? Share an image or video to show how you are making a difference.