Value of Summer Reading Programs
Many adults view reading a good book by the pool as a relaxing retreat; while students perfect their cannonball splash or reach their social media quota for the day. Summer reading projects and class assignments are usually the last things on the “Summer Must-Do” list.
As a textbook provider, the eTechCampus Virtual Bookstore Program sees over 90% of partner schools requiring reading of novels and completion of assignments prior to the first day of fall classes. Turns out, there is good reasoning behind Summer Reading Programs. Adequate informational outlets, including The White House, show there are multiple benefits of implementing and maintaining a Summer Reading program for your school.
- Those students who aren’t involved in educational activities during the summer may experience learning loss.
- Studies have shown that the more children read, the better their fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.
- Summer Reading programs help increase young people’s interest in reading.
When thinking about implementing a Summer Reading program for your school (or class), consider letting your students choose their own reading materials. Self-selection based on the child’s interests allows for more motivation for reading and completing the program.
Suggested Summer “Must-Reads” for Teens: