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Make books part of kids’ summer

on June 3, 2012

Educators have good reason to stress the importance of summer reading.

Reading skills, like sports skills, diminish if they aren’t exercised regularly.

In general, children from low-income families lose about three months of reading growth during the summer months. Middle-class kids gain about a month during the summer. This creates a four-month gap every year or a year’s reading gap every 2.5 years. That means that by sixth grade, low-income kids are two years behind middle-class kids in reading skills.

All this occurs regardless of which schools kids attend.

The good news is there are plenty of fun ways to keep kids reading all summer long. Here is a list of summer reading programs in the Austin area.

Not in the Austin area? Your child’s school library is a great place to start, or google “summer reading programs.”


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