What is the Summer Slide?

Have you ever heard of the “Summer Slide?” This is a term that references the decline in reading ability and other academic skills that can occur when school is not in session during the summer months. Studies have shown that two to 2.5 months of learning can be lost during the summer in both reading and math. Learn more about the Summer Slide here.

What can you do to help limit the Summer Slide? Start by having your children read for 20 minutes every day. Make it fun by exploring different kinds of reading materials like picture books, chapter books, graphic novels and magazines. Read aloud to your children no matter their age; this can promote comprehension and will help build vocabulary beyond what they may be able to read on their own. Are you taking a road trip? Audiobooks can be a fun way for the whole family to engage in a book. You can check out audiobooks on CD, or download audio ebooks from CloudLibrary using your Chandler Library card.

One way to encourage reading in June and July is to join the 2023 Summer Reading Challenge, “All Together Now.” With just 20 minutes of reading each day, everyone in the family can earn prizes at 500, 750 and 1000 minutes. Finishers earn a book and are entered into a raffle prize drawing. Beyond reading, you can earn points and continue learning by attending our free library programs and summer community experiences. Meaningful conversations during and after an event can help build your child’s vocabulary, too.

You can register for the Summer Reading Challenge now, and start reading and earning points on June 1. We hope you will join us and beat the Summer Slide!