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  • Read MOre, Missouri! Helps Prevent Summer Slide


    “Read MOre, Missouri!” is a statewide summer reading challenge to prevent summer slide — a loss of learning that many students experience while they are out of school for the summer. The program is designed to help your son or daughter keep reading skills sharp between school years.

    Reading through the summer minimizes reading-specific summer slide, and Missouri Commissioner of Education Margie Vandeven says, “Kids who read during the summer are much more likely to retain the skills they gained during the school year.”

    Summer slide is a layman’s term for the academic regression kids have during the summer months when they aren’t in school. Teachers often have to spend several weeks of the new school year reviewing information from the previous grade level before they can begin teaching the current year’s coursework.

    Here’s what the loss looks like in reading for kindergarteners through fourth graders:


    To help prevent summer slide, every school district in Missouri is encouraged to take part in Read MOre, Missouri. Here’s what you should know before your child comes home talking about the challenge:

    · Experts say that reading just six books during the summer can help keep kids from having to play catch-up in the fall.
    · The program uses The Lexile® Framework for Reading to help you pick books out for your kids that match their reading levels.
    · The Read MOre, Missouri website helps you search more than 200,000 books so that you can find the ones that are written at your child’s Lexile® level and are about subjects your child enjoys.
    · The site sorts books by more than 28 categories, including everything from humor & games to sports to animals — and more.
    · Once you build your child’s reading list, you can download it or print it. You can take the list with you to the local library or a bookstore to find your child’s books.
    · Your local library offers print editions as well as digital books for your child to read on the Kindle or tablet.
    · Any reading is better than no reading, so encourage your child to read magazines, news stories, or even recipes in addition to the books on their summer reading list.

    Read MOre, Missouri is a program of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). You can read the DESE press release here, and you can learn more about the Lexile® Measure Framework for reading in this post.

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  • What Your Students Can Do in the Summer

    All public schools in Missouri take a summer break. The history of ‘schools out for summer’ is an interesting one and you can learn more about it here

    While out of the classroom, there are still plenty of learning opportunities available to prevent the ‘summer slide.’ Here are a few large and small occasions for your student:

    Plan a college visit
    Days off in summer are a perfect time for families to take their teens, and even middle school students, to a college campus to give their higher education dreams and goals a dose of reality.

    Give back to their community
    There are never a shortage of volunteer opportunities in any area of Missouri. From working with local non-profits to pitching in with their own schools, a volunteer position may be something that helps to impact the life of a student for decades to come.

    A summer job
    If it’s working in an office, an amusement park, or a farm, summer is a perfect time for older students to learn personal financial skills and to develop personal traits when dealing with the public and co-workers. A summer job will also give them new perspectives on what it takes to ‘bring home the bacon’ for their parents. These jobs will also help them to build their resumes for college and future employment applications. Check out resources like LinkedIn for opportunities for high school students.

    Keep on reading
    One of the most important actions a student can take to keep their learned skills sharp is to read. In fact, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has begun a program called ‘Read MOre, Missouri’ to encourage summer reading. Experts says that reading just six books during the break can prevent regression and students from having to catch up once the fall semester begins.

    Whatever you and your students do this summer, have fun, be safe, and take time for learning opportunities.

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