Summer Reading

Our Summer Reading Challenge is here!  You may wonder why summer reading is so important and why we at DES emphasize its importance.  During summer months, students who are not engaged in reading can lose up to two months of reading performance.  This means it takes longer for students to catch up and get back in the swing of things when the new school year begins.  By middle school, summer reading loss can leave students 2 ½ -3 years behind their peers who are reading over the summer.  Research shows a child who reads only 1 minute a day outside of school will learn 8,000 words by the end of 6th grade.  A student who is reading 20 minutes outside of school will learn 1,800,000 words by the end of sixth grade.  There are numerous benefits to reading.  Reading increases students’ vocabulary, improves their comprehension, builds a love of reading, and builds fluency.

Be on the look-out for more information in your child’s report card!