What is the Summer Slide?

Have you ever heard of the “Summer Slide?” This is a term that refers to the decline in reading and math 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! 

What can you do to help limit the Summer Slide? 

  • Create designated reading times at home.
  • Let your child show off their reading skills to relatives.
  • Read and talk about books in the car.
  • Write a special summer reading list.
  • Cook summer meals together and let kids read out the ingredients.
  • Take part in storytimes and summer reading programs at your local library.

Each summer from June 1 to August 1, Chandler Public Library presents the Summer Reading Challenge. This year’s theme is "Adventure Begins At Your Library" and pre-registration is open now! The Summer Reading Challenge is a comprehensive way to motivate your child to read 20 minutes a day while they earn prizes at 500, 750, and 1000 minutes. Finishers also earn a book and are entered into a prize drawing.

Take advantage of the Summer Reading Challenge with your children and earn even more points by attending programs and community events. Maybe they won’t just retain their reading skills, they might improve them!

We hope you will join us for the Summer Reading Challenge and beat the Summer Slide!