5 Ways to Stop Summer Reading Loss with Reading Eggs
5 Ways to Stop Summer Reading Loss with Reading Eggs
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. Whether you know this statistic or not, as an elementary educator, you already understand how critical foundational literacy skills are. Together, phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension (also known as the five pillars of reading) serve as the bedrock for future academic success across all subjects.
Rather than see any of that hard-earned literacy learning slip away over the summer, you can employ the classroom programs you use today, Reading Eggs and Reading Eggspress, to support learning even when school doors have closed for the break.
Let’s start by providing you a tool to make sure that learning has room to happen - 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.
Now, let’s take a closer look at five ways your students can use this learn-to-read solution no matter where their summer vacation takes them.
1. Create Scaffolded Experiences
Every student’s learning journey looks different. With this in mind (and as you already know), Reading Eggs and Reading Eggspress uses a short placement test to determine where each student should begin working. You also have the option to reset the placement test one last time toward the end of the school year, prompting 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.
2. 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 aiming to get children into the virtual Library over the summer, consider using the Assignments feature in Reading Eggspress to select books personalized to each student’s needs.
3. 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, your students were probably itching for the chance to play around all year long—now you can actually encourage that game play over the summer. 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 to build additional memory and recall of key skills.
4. Keep Parents Involved
One of the best ways to keep students reading is by reading with them or to them. Since you can’t go on summer vacation with all your students to lead daily read-alouds (though we all know you wish you could), encourage parents to step in. Once logged in to their child’s account, parents can launch a book 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 their child, using 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?
5. 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.
We’re big fans of the worksheets (labeled Student PDF) aligned to each lesson of the program! What better way to help students revisit the skills they practiced digitally throughout the school year and preview what might be to come in the year ahead?
This post was originally published on April 27, 2018.