Librarians promote summer reading programs with research and statistics that show that summer reading prevents “summer slide, ” the loss that children experience in reading and other academics if they “do nothing” during the summer.
If you want visuals to demonstrate the effects of “summer slide” year after year, this video is tremendous.
Two points to remember:
- We’re not just talking about losses in reading. This happens in all subject and learning areas.
- And this is not a promotional for summer schools. Every kid needs downtime and free play and a break from very “schooly” activities and routines. But they also need exposure to new things, and constructive, developmentally appropriate activities, and fun enrichments– things that are not very often present for children in lower income or poverty families. The video shows how these things make a difference over the years.
So support summer programs for all kids but especially those who do without so much.
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