As a parent, you are certainly tempted to give your child a break over the summer, when it comes to the schoolwork. Kids would certainly agree with you. Yet, reading over the course of the summer is not only beneficial for the continuity of your child’s reading skills development, but it is also critical for their academic success in the long term. Reading prevents the loss of learning due to the break and it keeps the brain active and in learning mode.
- One study found that the “summer slide” caused by not reading causes two months of lost learning.
- Sending kids home with books of their choosing is more beneficial than just assigning a summer reading list.
- Audio books can be useful for children who don’t particularly like reading.
“Students who don’t read are at risk of falling behind their classmates.”