Summer Slide = what happens when young minds sit idle for three months. President of Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), Carol Rasco, previews a Summer Reading List to keep kids engaged in learning during the summer. As parents approach the summer break, many are thinking about the family vacation, trips to the pool and the like. What they might not be focusing on is how much educational ground their children could lose during the three-month break from school, particularly when it comes to reading. This slip in learning after school breaks is commonly referred to as Summer Slide. A conservative estimate of lost instructional time is approximately two months or roughly 22 percent of the school year; and it’s common for teachers to spend at least a month re-teaching material that students have forgotten over the summer.
That month of re-teaching eliminates a month that could have been spent on teaching new information and skills. To launch their new partnership, Holiday Inn Express (the brand that encourages and enables travelers to Stay Smart) and Reading Is Fundamental (the nation’s oldest and largest children’s literacy organization) have developed a Summer Reading List for kids ages 7-11. The list includes the first title of Rhea Perlmans Otto Undercover series, Otto Undercover: Born to Drive, as well as the last installment of Jeff Browns Flat Stanley series, Stanley, Flat Again. The Holiday Inn Express/RIF Summer Reading List will be available at: http://www.holidayinnexpress.com
About Carol Rasco:
President and chief executive officer of Reading Is Fundamental, Inc., America’s oldest and largest nonprofit children’s and family literacy organization. Prior to this position, Rasco was the executive director for government relations at the College Board, served as the Senior Adviser to the U.S. Secretary of Education and as director of the America Reads Challenge, a four-year national campaign to promote the importance of all children reading well and independently by the end of the third grade.
Some popular selections include the following tittles followed by a short description: Hot Fudge (Bunnicula and Friends) by James Howe Harold the dog and his fellow pets Howie and Chester stand guard to make sure the chocolate fudge stays safe. No one is going to steal the chocolate from under their noses! But they fall asleep — and the fudge suddenly turns white. Then it disappears altogether! Is this the work of the candy criminal…or has Bunnicula the vampire bunny struck again? Da Wild, Da Crazy, Da Vinci (TheTime Warp Trio) by Jon Scieszka and Adam McCauley.
It was Sams bright idea to look for the inventor of The Book. But when the guys land in fifteenth-century Italy, they meet up with Leonardo da Vinci. Lunch Walks Among Us (Franny K. Stein, Mad Scientist) by Jim Benton Franny K. Stein is a mad scientist who prefers all things spooky and creepy, but when she has trouble making friends at her new school she experiments with fitting in, which works until a monster erupts from the trashcan. Judy Moody’s Double Rare Way-Not-Boring Book of Fun Stuff to Do by Megan McDonald. Dive right in and join the T.P. (Take out your Pencil) Club for hours of Judy Moody fun! Shoo, Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold.
Fly Guy returns home to discover that Buzz has gone on a picnic without him! Sad and hungry, Fly Guy takes off in search of his favorite food. Using hyperbole, puns, slapstick, and silly drawings, Tedd Arnold creates an easy reader that is full of fun. When Guinea Pigs Fly by James Proimos. Brooks, Leone, and Allen are three guinea pigs who live a comfortable life at a pet store. One day the trio is purchased and are mistakenly released in a park. The guinea pigs, realizing that freedom isn’t all they imagined it to be, begin their journey to get back to the pet store.
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