What is summer reading loss and why is it important to me and my child?
Summer reading loss is a decline in a child's academic ability from the time they left their previous grade to their new grade in the fall. For us, it is the gap of knowledge from when your child left kindergarten to when they entered my first grade classroom. Not every child will experience summer reading loss, but it is very common.
Many children who left kindergarten at grade level will suddenly find themselves below grade level upon entering first grade. This can be attributed to the summer reading loss. It can be very frustrating for students, as well as parents to know that something they could do before they can no longer do easily.
I highly encourage you to have a talk with your child's first grade teacher. Have her/him pull your child's literacy folder and look at where your child was at the beginning, middle, and end of kindergarten. Compare their reading levels (a-z) to where they are now. Is there any loss? Are there any gains? Have a discussion with the teacher about strategies you can use at home to help your child catch up. It's like riding a bike. You just need to get back on it- reading, that is. The more you practice, the easier it gets!