One of the biggest concerns educators have at the end of the school is the potential for reading learning loss over the summer months. All school year long teachers are within the trenches of their classrooms equipping their students with reading skills needed to succeed. It can be frustrating when children return to school after summer break and have regressed in their reading knowledge. So we ask, is your child suffering from reading loss? In part one of our two part series on reading loss, we want to discuss the possibilities as to why this digression occurs in students. In part two we’ll discuss different ideas of how to combat reading learning loss.

Why does reading learning loss happen with some students?

I think the first thing people often point fingers at when this happens is the child’s ability to learn. While we won’t completely count out this possibility, we also don’t think it’s fair to always blame the child. We don’t want to solely blame you as the parents as well. We get that it can be World War III just to get your child to complete their homework during the school year. So when the summer comes you welcome the break and those “battleless” nights.

The main thing we’ve deduced as the cause of this problem is simply the lack of reading resources over the summer. Depending on where a child’s family lives within the community can often determine what kind of resources they have access to. Or some parents just don’t know the opportunities that are available to their family over the summer.

The result is often a child returning for the new school year further behind than they were before the summer started. As educators we’re stuck between a rock and a hard place, because there’s no time to reteach a child what they’re now behind on, but we also want what’s best for them which includes having a firm grasp on reading.

So the main problem seems to be a lack of resources

So as we’ve discussed, it seems that the main culprit to this issue is simply a lack of reading resources a child has access to over the summer. As teachers we believe there are solid solutions to this problem and we want to draw them out for you in our next post. Come back in two weeks as we share what we believe are potential solutions to over the summer reading learning loss.

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