July 13, 2022 3 min read
School may be out for summer, but that doesn't mean kids should stop learning. Summer reading loss—also known as the "summer slump"—has been extensively documented. According to the New York Times, the average American student loses a full month's worth of learning in reading each summer; some research points to a loss of an aggregate two to three years of reading level loss due to summer regression by the time children are in the fifth grade.
One of the best ways to prevent the summer slump is to keep children reading all summer long. Studies show that children who read regularly during the summer retain at least 30%–67% more reading ability based on reading level than children who do not continue a regular reading routine (Psst! Did you know we offer free downloadable learning activities and resources to engage children in the books they read on Vooks? They're the perfect way to continue the learning and the fun beyond the screen!).
Studies show that when age-appropriate books are available at home, within view, and accessible, children are more likely to choose reading as an activity. All children are at risk of backsliding, but when it comes to literacy the gap between high and low socioeconomic status children widens. Low-income students, who may not have the same level of access to books and literacy resources, tend to decline more than wealthier peers. Our ever-growing Vooks library provides access to hundreds of books covering a wide range of topics sure to meet the interests of all young readers.
Another strategy to help mitigate summer reading loss is to regularly read aloud to kids. Reading aloud has been proven to expand vocabulary, increase focus and attention to detail, and open discussion (that's why Vooks uses read-aloud, read-along narration and highlighted text that can be read independently by children). You can even ask your child to read aloud—to you, to a sibling, or even to a family pet!
Here are 7 more ways to prevent the summer slump and set kids up for success in the fall:
Have a great summer, and happy reading!