Reading assignments and encouraging independent reading is how students keep learning outside school during vacation breaks.
Educators often worry about the “summer slide” when students forget what they learned over a long summer break. But it’s important to encourage ongoing independent learning during shorter winter and spring breaks as well.
â€śWe have always told the students to continue to read and for our kids, we still have goals they are working in,â€ť said South Vienna Principal Denise Jones.
â€śItâ€™s important to build independent reading stamina and you do that by creating a reading routine,â€ť said Springfield Snowhill principal Jennifer Paxson. â€śSomething like charting or graphing reading time and suggesting that a student read 20 minutes a day and you can build a better reader.â€ť
Since reading is the foundation of education, Jones and Paxton have some suggestions for parents.
â€śJournaling is a great way,â€ť Jones said. â€śHaving the kids keep a journal will get them writing. Kids can write about what they did for the day and what they read for the day.â€ť
They also such as fun activities which involve reading and math, such as cooking.