Tips for Preventing Summer Slide
It is amazing to think of where each and every Kindergartener has come in their reading this year. Many students entered Kindergarten not knowing all of the letter names of the alphabet and are now able to read and write simple sentences. You and your child should be so proud of all they have accomplished this year as an early reader!
Summer is a time filled with fun and relaxation. Over the summer, however, it is extremely important that children keep practicing the reading skills they have worked so hard to learn during the school year. When students enter the upcoming grade, after their summer they can experience what many educators call the “summer slide,” where students lose some of the achievement they made during the previous year.
One of the biggest ways you, as a parent, can help your child not experience this summer slide in literacy is by reading to and with them. Reading books helps review many important literacy skills. When reading to your child, you are modeling what a fluent reader looks like and asking them questions to help develop their vocabulary and comprehension. It is also important that your child reads with and to you to continue to practice their phonics and fluency skills. Children who are beginning to read on their own will enjoy Level 1 and Level 2 books, which you can easily find at your local library!
Kirstin Sullivan. Reading Specialist, kirstin.sullivan@braintreeschools,org