Thursday, May 31, 2012

Summer Reading Rocks.

This pic is a few months old (sent it as a thank you text to my aunt who recommended the book in M's hand), but it certainly shows M's enthusiasm for books.  We read every day, but it's extra fun in the summer because of summer reading programs.

We've done the summer reading program at the public library since M was six months old (most programs are designed to be started when a child is just a baby). Last year we read about 1800 pages, but this year we're shooting for 2500. Summer reading's fun because of the prizes and programs associated with it.

While those are all tangible rewards, the intangible rewards are the real benefit here (especially once a child reaches school-age):   Here are the facts:  
  • Children who have been exposed to library preschool programs showed a greater number of emergent literacy behaviors and pre-reading skills. 
  • Summer reading programs provide quality learning activities that are fun, and encourage some of the best techniques identified by research as being important to the reading process.
  • Numerous studies have shown that reading over the summer prevents “summer reading loss.”
  • Summer reading loss is cumulative. Children don’t “catch up” in fall because the other children are moving head with their skills. By the end of 6th grade, children who lose reading skills over the summer are two years behind their classmates.
  • Participants often return to summer library programs in successive years, which helps children build reading into their summer routine.
  • 8 out of 10 studies indicate students who read recreationally out-performed those who don’t.
  • Free, voluntary reading is essential to helping students become better readers, writers, and spellers.
The research goes on and on.  

The first couple of years, we just did our library's program, but last year we did the Barnes and Noble summer reading program, too (you read eight books and get a free book as a reward).  This year we may add one or two more (which is easy since the same books can go on different lists).  It's fun seeing your kid(s) be rewarded for something they already do. 

Here are some other programs out there.  They all work differently, so I've included links.

1 comment:

  1. We just signed up at North Shelby Library and Grayson couldn't be more excited!! This is her first year. She loves books so I think it will be great for her!! Hope you reach your goal!


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