By the time June rolls around, most educators are sprinting toward the light at the end of the tunnel: the one, the only, hard-earned and highly-coveted summer break. After nine months of tireless work, they surely deserve it. But it’s hard to talk about summer break without also talking about the elephant in the room: the dreaded “summer slide.”
Topics: Summer Loss
There’s no time like the present to focus on literacy, especially as school is letting out and giving way to summer, a season of sun and fun, but also a time when many students take a break from school work and let their literacy skills lapse until school starts back up again.
Literacy is a critical component when predicting the future success of students. According to research, the implementation of a reading slide prevention program can drastically reduce intervention costs resulting from summer learning loss.
Studies show that the end of third grade and beginning of fourth grade is a crucial time in a scholastic career. Children who are not proficient at reading by this point are four times as likely to drop out of school than their better-read peers.