“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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