Although students want their summer to be a well-deserved break, it is important to keep the academic ball rolling throughout these carefree months. While summer reading may seem optional, it is actually an essential tool to prevent the “summer slide,” or the loss of academic skills that occurs while school is out of session. In fact, the effects of the summer slide are cumulative. Researchers estimate that by the time a struggling reader reaches middle school, summer reading loss has accumulated to a two-year lag in reading achievement. Particularly for students who struggle with comprehension, these summer months are imperative to keep up with the reading skills they learned throughout the year.
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