Summer Slide

Have you heard of the “Summer Slide”? Unfortunately, it’s not the fun kind of slide you’ll find at a water park or playground. This slide is different. It’s a slide that no one wants their child to ride in Sharon, VT.

What Is the Summer Slide?

The summer slide is a decline in reading ability and other academic skills that can occur over the 10 summer weeks when school isn’t in session.

Numerous studies show that kids who don’t read during summer vacation actually slip back in reading ability by 6 weeks the time autumn rolls around.

But as parents, we don’t need studies to tell us this, do we? It’s evident in all sorts of situations. For example, if your child plays the violin but stops practicing for three months, his or her skills will decline more than the skills of a child who continued to practice and play the violin over the summer, right? So what can we do to avoid this common problem?

Your child can participate in the Sharon Elementary School Summer Reading Challenge! Download the forms below and start reading. During the first week of school, have your child turn in their reading logs to their classroom teacher. Our librarian, Ms. Hopkins is organizing a field trip in September that your child can participate in just for reading over the summer. More info will be coming home!

Summer Reading Challenge for K -3 can be found here 

Summer Reading Challenge for Gr 4-5 can be found here

Your child can also participate in Sharon’s Baxter Library Summer Reading Program! Check it out here!   

Check out those books, read with family and enjoy a book, fill in your Sharon Reading Logs!