At my daughter’s k – 3 school, there is a summer reading challenge. Each year the challenge changes, but the idea is to encourage a LOT of reading over the summer. This year it is to read 1000 pages over the next 10 weeks. Wow!
At first I thought we’d have trouble. However, last night we finished the first Junie B. Jones book, 68 pages. Then we read The Story of Samuel, 40 pages; finally Snip Snap, What’s That? gave us another 27 pages. 1000 pages for this new first grader should be doable!
The principal & I were talking and she said she’s tracked the students who have participated in the Reading Challenge and those who haven’t. What she’s found is those who don’t participate regress in their scores on the test the school uses to show growth. Those who do participate don’t hold steady, but make gains.
The power of reading . . . and if an Ice Cream Sundae can convince kids to read all summer long, then I say:
We all scream for ICE CREAM!
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