The Summer Slide

by Tia Garrett

Books have a lot of competition for kids’ attention. Video games, cell phones, social media sites, and sports are tantalizing sources of entertainment for kids of all ages, during their off hours. Research indicates that students, on average, spend only about 10 minutes per day reading outside of school.  The more kids read, the better readers they become.  So it is not surprising that many children, especially struggling readers, forget some of what they’ve learned during the summer months. This loss of knowledge is called the Summer Slide.   Children in low-income households, where they have limited access to books, fall behind their classmates an average of 2 months in reading during the summer. And, summer slide is cumulative, with these learning losses building up each summer

As we move into the summer months, many kids will have a lot of hours to fill.  You can combat Summer Reading Slide by encouraging your children to read a little, each day. The El Reno Carnegie Library is an excellent free resource for families wanting access to books that cover a wide range of interests and reading levels. We love helping children and families find books that they will enjoy.   To motivate kids to read at least 15 minutes a day, the Water-Zoo Indoor Water Park, in Clinton is giving children who complete the timed reading logs a one-time free pass to their water park. Children may pick up their logs and schedule of free events, starting May 22, 2019.

A good time to exchange reading materials is during our children’s story and craft programs on Tuesday mornings, or around our free movie time on Thursday afternoons, in June.  If these times aren’t good for you, remember that we are open till 7 p.m. Monday –Thursday.  Come visit our “Universe of Stories.”

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