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Thursday, June 29, 2017
Studies have shown that when students are released from school for summer break, they can experience what is called the “summer slide”. The summer slide is essentially the skills lost during the summer months while kids are no longer engaged in an education setting on a regular basis. Much like exercising, when you stop doing it consistently for several weeks your mind grows “out of shape” and it can be difficult to get back to where you were before taking a break.
We are encouraging Oakridge Students at all grade levels to keep their minds in shape during the summer break, in hopes of preventing a summer reading loss. We are offering a Summer Reading Program at the Upper Elementary School on Wednesdays from 10am – Noon until August 23, 2017. The Egelston Township Library also offers a Summer Reading Program for local kids to participate with. If your student is unable to attend a summer reading program, or just not interested in attending these events, you can still encourage them to maintain a healthy learning habit through the summer on their own.
Through the Accelerated Reader (AR) Program, your child can log into a website and select books based on his/her reading level and take quizzes to earn points. Normally we don’t allow students to quiz from home, but we are turning this feature on for the summer to encourage kids to read as much as possible during the summer months and prevent reading loss. You, as parents, can help them navigate to the website and get them set up for summer success!
To access the AR program, please visit the Oakridge Media Center Website and navigate to the AR feature.
Learn more about the 10 Critical Facts about Summer Reading Loss: Summer Reading Facts (Downloadable PDF)