Thank you to Tara Welty, Vice President, Group Editorial Director and Editor of Teacher Magazine, ART Magazine and Teacher Resources, for this post!
My favorite part of my job is visiting with teachers and learning about their important work. I’m constantly looking for ways that our team at Scholastic can help them out. Teachers are busy! The perfect resource at the perfect moment can be a real lifesaver.
One frequent pain point I hear in these conversations is that teachers spend far too much time on review at the start of the school year. The data backs this up. Studies show that teachers spend the first six weeks of school reviewing content and skills taught the previous year.
How can we prevent this summer learning loss? One important way is with summer reading. The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge™ is a great motivator. Kids love logging their reading minutes and unlocking rewards. But reading alone is not enough. Kids need skills practice, too. That’s why I’m delighted to share a new summer skills workbook series by Scholastic for kids in grades Pre-K to 5, Weekly Reader: Summer Express.
I love these books because they’re grade-perfect, rich in content, and most important, they’re fun! Children complete two pages a day, five days a week. For each activity completed, they earn a sticker reward. At the end of the week, they get a certificate. Easy peasy!
Helping your child maintain skills over the summer is essential to his or her academic success. And it has the added benefit of helping your child’s teacher keep her focus where it needs to be—on developing the skills needed in the year ahead. That’s a win-win.
*PARENT GIVEAWAY* UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to the winners!
Interested in adding Weekly Reader: Summer Express to your summer learning routine? Leave a comment below telling us how you help your child stay engaged over the summer. Five lucky winners will win a copy of the book that’s a perfect match for their children’s grade.
No purchase required; contest open to all legal U.S. residents, 18 and up. See full rules here.
Happy Summer Learning!