Whether you are a teacher, administrator, serve on the Providence School Board or as a member of the Providence Schools support staff, those of us who work in education know that summer reading is particularly critical for students to retain their literacy skills. According to Scholastic, learning or reading skill losses during the summer months are cumulative, creating a wider gap each year between more proficient and less proficient students. Regardless of ethnicity, socioeconomic level or previous achievement, children who read four or more books during the summer fare better on reading comprehension tests in the fall than their peers who read one book or none over the summer.
Whether on the beach or on the porch, by a campfire or a bedside lamp, summer reading is also a fun escape for adults during the less hectic months while school is out of session. We are polling some of our staff to see what they’re reading this summer and will publish their responses in our August issue. You may find a few titles to add to your list. Send your response to email@example.com. And, if you can’t finish all of the books you’d like to read this summer, the quiet, snowy days of winter aren’t far behind!