5 Ways to Stop Summer Reading Loss with Reading Eggs
5 Ways to Stop Summer Reading Loss with Reading Eggs
As an elementary educator, you understand how critical foundational literacy skills are. Together, phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension serve as the bedrock for future academic success across all subjects. But, you also know all about the dreaded summer slide and how important it is to keep students engaged over the summer, especially when it comes to reading. In fact, according to a study by Johns Hopkins University, summer learning loss during elementary school accounts for two-thirds of the achievement gap in reading between low-income children and their middle-income peers by ninth grade.
Rather than see some of that hard-earned literacy learning slip away over the summer, you can employ technology tools to support learning even when school doors have closed for the break. Edmentum’s 2-in-1 pre-K through 6th grade program, Reading Eggs and Reading Eggspress, provides a rich online experience that can be enjoyed by students anytime, anywhere. Here, we’ll take a look at five ways your students can use this learn-to-read solution throughout summer vacation.
- Create Scaffolded Experiences
Every student’s learning journey looks different. With this in mind, Reading Eggs and Reading Eggspress use a short placement test to determine where each student should begin working. You have the option to reset the placement test one last time toward the end of the school year, forcing all students to retest for an updated program placement. If this doesn’t feel necessary, encourage your learners to continue along their individualized learning pathways during the summer months to help prepare them for the next school year. In these scaffolded activities, found in the My Lessons area, students build new vocabulary, reinforce phonics, and test their comprehension and fluency using authentic texts. This incremental approach to learning creates a positive environment where even your youngest learners can excel independently.
We’ve also built a summer Reading Eggs and Reading Eggspress take-home kit that’s perfect for guiding your elementary students through activities over break!
- Explore New Interests
Summer is a time for discovery and adventure. Help your students take what they learned in the classroom during the school year and apply it to cultivating new interests. In the Reading Eggspress Library, over 2,000 titles offer a completely online reading experience for students. Whether it’s sports, world history, animals, science fiction, or health that sparks your students’ interests, this comprehensive e-library holds titles that cover these topics and many more. By cracking a book (even the digital kind), a rich world is revealed that inspires students to expand their knowledge and imagination.
If you’re really aiming to get children into the virtual Library over the summer, consider using the Assignments feature to select books personalized to each student’s needs. This feature is currently only available in Reading Eggspress, but you have full access to any Library book, so it’s perfect for students of all ages.
- Focus on Fun
Sometimes, getting students to focus on learning during the summer can feel like pulling teeth. What better way to get them engaged than by turning education into a game? Reading Eggs and Reading Eggspress incorporate exciting gamification features associated with every learning task to keep students motivated. Chances are, if your students were using Reading Eggs and Reading Eggspress during the school year, they are probably itching for the chance to play around unsupervised over the summer. Finally, they’ll have all the time in the world to accessorize their avatar, play games, and goof around. But, eventually, they’ll need more Golden Eggs. And, in order to earn those Golden Eggs, they’ll need to practice reading lessons, read Library books, take quizzes, and inevitably, learn. While they add to their bank of redeemable Golden Eggs over the summer, remind students to also visit fun and competitive areas, such as Puzzle Park and the Arcade in Reading Eggs or the Stadium in Reading Eggspress!
- Keep Parents Involved
One of the best ways to keep students reading is by reading with them or to them. When you’re no longer there to lead daily read-alouds with your students, encourage parents to step in. Once logged in to their child’s account, parents can launch a book just above their child’s reading level for a shared reading experience. This is an excellent opportunity for adults to model proper fluency, including phrasing and expression. After reading, encourage parents to spend a few minutes talking about what they just read with questions such as:
- What were the characters and setting?
- What was the conflict?
- Why do you think this happened?
- What was the main idea of the story?
- Offer Offline Options
When technology is inaccessible, offline resources can come to the rescue! Reading Eggs and Reading Eggspress offer a wide variety of offline Teaching Resources, including phonics and spelling activities, grammar lessons, and writing prompts. Assemble a series of printables that are just right for your class, and when the final bell rings, students will be armed with reading materials and literacy practice for the summer.
As you’re sorting through the Teaching Resources area, be sure to take a closer look at the Reading Eggs online textbook “Targeting English.” Each unit incorporates a reading passage, as well as associated questions and activities for a comprehensive packet dedicated to literacy skills.
You can also send home our Reading Eggs and Reading Eggspress Summer Learning Parent Letter! This downloadable letter is perfect for helping parents support their child’s continued learning over the summer break, and it is customizable so that you can add in your own summer learning plan or incentives to keep students motivated.