The dreaded and overwhelming, “summer slide”. The idea that these few precious summer months will contribute to children forgetting some of what they’ve learned or slip out of practice on subjects such as reading. Overcoming the “slide” is not as hard as you may think!
As a District, we absolutely believe that summer break should be fun, but we also want each child to come back to school on an equal academic level. Just about every adult would agree that the best reading is the kind that interests you. To that point, our kids should focus on spending the summer months reading books that interest them. We hope our students have lots of adventures this summer, especially the kind that develop in their imagination!
The District’s Literacy Coordinator, Sara Blake, says to check out this fantastic book list resource. It has hundreds of books all categorized and listed by grade level. She also put together a padlet full of articles, links to websites, reading challenges, and incentive programs.
Prior to the end of the year, schools throughout the district held several events to encourage kids to keep reading through the summer. The most creative concept went to Malletts Bay School Librarian, Ms. Oglesby, who organized a Book Tasting for 4th graders. She set the ambiance with all the essential Italian fare: red-and-white tablecloths, battery operated candles, placemats, and menus with 12 books listed for the students to “sample”. Once they made their decision she took their “order” and each student got to go home with their selected book! In the fall the students will participate in discussion groups about the books.
Each school also got a visit from the wonderful folks at the Burnham Memorial Library. We are such a lucky community to be able to take advantage of a robust library program. They offer several summer programs to help motivate your child to keep reading. With the Summer Reading Program, each child who participates will document their books in a reading log and can earn some great prizes. The Reading Buddy Program pairs young readers with teen partners to meet with throughout the summer (great for older kids who need volunteer hours!). They also offer Summer Storytime 3 times a week and you even can sign up to read to Willy Wonka the Volunteer Therapy Dog. To register for any of these programs or to ask questions, you can call the Library at 264-5990.
Lastly, this weekend the Library will he hosting it’s Summer Book Sale at the High School. You can help support the library while scoring gently used books, CDs, and DVDs all at bargain prices! There will be a Preview Sale on Friday, June 23, from 5-8 pm (there’s a $5 suggested donation for the early birds). Then it will be open from 8 am - 4 pm on Saturday and 10 am - 2 pm on Sunday. They’re also looking for volunteers, call 264-5660 for more information.
Happy reading, Colchester!