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Avoid the Summer Slide!

By Susan Fisher, Bethesda Branch Manager

Summer’s here and school’s out! Time to relax and have fun, but did you know that kids can lose as a month or more of academic progress during the summer if they don’t read? It’s called “summer slide” and it’s what happens if kids don’t use their hard-earned skills during summer vacation.  According to a report from the National Summer Learning Association, teachers often have to spend the first month of school reteaching old material to their students, causing time to be lost that could be spent on new learning.

How can summer slide be prevented? The key is to keep kids reading all summer long. If you have a reluctant reader, here are some ideas:

  • Let your child’s interests guide their reading. It’s summer, so give them the freedom to read whatever they want.
  • Your summer schedule may be busy, but be sure to set aside time for reading among all of your activities.
  • Leave reading material around your house about subjects that interest your child.
  • Let your child see you reading for pleasure. By setting a good example, you show your child that you value and enjoy reading.

Another remedy for summer slide is our Fizz Boom Read 2014 Summer Reading Program! Lots of fun programs keep kids coming to library and checking out great books all summer long. Registration is going on now at your Williamson County Public Library branch. Stop in today to sign up and start reading! We also have summer reading for teens and adults, with some great programs and prizes. Check it out on our website, WCPLtn.org

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