Research from a number of countries has shown the dramatic impact summer learning loss (the summer slide) can have on some students.
Summer reading is an important activity for children and teens to help prevent the ‘summer slide’ in reading levels. However, they need schools, school libraries, public libraries, families and whānau working together to provide support, encouragement and access to enjoyable reading material.
Parents or other family and whānau members are the most important people for helping to keep children and teens reading over the holidays. Children who read over the summer holidays can avoid the “summer slide” - the loss of reading gains they made during the school year.
The school library is at the heart of reading in the school. It can also be a catalyst and important support for putting books in students' hands during the school holidays.
Many public libraries offer summer reading programmes for children and teens. Summer reading provides the perfect opportunity to connect (or strengthen existing connections) between schools and the public library.
Summer reading is an important, enjoyable activity students can do to help avoid the 'summer slide' in reading achievement during the holidays. To help keep students reading over the summer, students need support from schools, libraries and families.
Schools have an important role in keeping students reading over the summer holidays to help prevent the 'summer slide'. The 'summer slide' or 'summer slump' is the decline in reading achievement some children experience, after being away from school over the long summer holiday.
A school-wide summer reading programme is a powerful way to keep students reading over the summer holidays. It also helps build relationships between the school, families and whānau, and public libraries, strengthening the network of support for students. We invite you to use this guide and resources to plan a summer reading initative in your school.
The Sail into Summer Reading Programme was developed to help school staff address the 'summer slide', the reading loss some students experience over the summer holidays.
After a year of taking students on their 'reading journey', teachers can be dismayed at the loss of progress after a summer holiday with little or no reading activity.
Measuring the effectiveness of your summer reading initiatives provides evidence of its impact. You can then use the information to review, prioritise and inform future programmes.