stopping the 'summer slide'

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Multiple studies have confirmed truth in the old teaching nemesis - the so-called "summer slide."

The slide is the idea, during the summer break, children forget much of what they learned the previous school year. They come back to school in the fall needing to re-learn things to get back to where they should be for the new school year.

According to a Johns Hopkins University study, low-income students are at a higher risk for falling behind over the summer. One of the best ways to combat the slide that has been documented in studies is by reading to children or having them read. Reading comprehension is retained through continued reading. 

Approximately 10 million low-income kindergarten through Grade 4 students are not reading proficiently, according to PBS.

The summer reading program at Elkhart Public Library is a great opportunity to encourage children to read throughout their school-free break. And we offer great prizes and fun activities.