As we celebrate another year of growth with our students, we would like to share with you the benefits of reading over the summer break. Thank you to Megan Koch, Academic Dean, for the following information on the importance of summer reading and some helpful tips to use with your family.
A three-year study out of The University of Tennessee, Knoxville shows that there is a higher level of reading achievement in students who engage in reading over the summer months. Richard Allington and Anne McGill-Franzen, both professors of education at UT, found that a lack of reading over the summer is the primary reason for a reading achievement gap. Just as an athlete or a musician will see a regression in their skills after taking time off, a student will see a similar regression when it comes to their reading proficiency. If you don’t use it, you lose it.
Science Daily: Summer reading is key to maintaining or improving students' reading skills
What can parents do to prevent summer reading loss?
1. Let your children see you reading.
2. Listen to an audio book as a family on a long drive to the beach.
3. Read the same book as your children. This leads to great discussion.
4. Talk with your children about what they are reading.
Goals for students to prevent summer reading loss?
1. Read 30 minutes every day. This includes magazines, comic books, blogs, novels, biographies, and newspapers. Just read words!
2. Read ONE full-length book of your choice in addition to your required reading.
My summer reading includes 1) Blindspot: Hidden Biases by Good People - by Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald; 2) Mindset - by Carol Dweck; and 3) Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee.