One Amazing Summer, Part One

I Can Do ItWe had one amazing summer! The primary goal of the Eaton Summer Reading Program was support literacy in inner city youth by combating the summer slide. (Cue ominous music…)

The summer slide is a phenomenon wherein a child who is intellectually un-stimulated during the summer break actually loses educational gains made the year before. Regular reading, writing, discussion, and field trips can all combat the summer slide.

Primary Goal Accomplished!

In the war between the vowels and the consonants, it's the kids who win. Because they are sponges soaked in water, and it was a hot summer...

In the war between the vowels and the consonants, it’s the kids who win. Because they are sponges soaked in water, and it was a hot summer…

Based on entrance and exit testing, none of our children experienced the summer slide, and most showed improvement! Our testing was done with sight words – those words that children should have memorized. Each grade level has a new set of words which children should not have to struggle over in order to recognize or pronounce. Within two days of a participant beginning with the program, they were tested, and then tested again at the end of the program. No participant showed a decrease in the number or level of sight words.

Each participant in the program was also able to finish the Mayor’s Summer Reading Challenge by reading seven books and writing seven book reports!

Stay tuned for the next installment of One Amazing Summer!

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