“Use it or lose it!” Adults may have seen this adage on a meme about aging, or heard the advice from a sage physician. But the advice applies to learning, too— and especially what happens for some students during summer breaks.
It makes sense: We lose our skills at what we don’t practice regularly, and that applies to all the skills involved with learning. Research spanning back over 100 years shows that students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of a summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of summer.
Inspiring kids to read once they hit the ‘tween years can be challenging! So, here are just a few of our favorite ‘tween books — you are sure to find one that your middle school child will love:
- Avi, True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
- Cooney, Flight #116 is Down
- Collins, Hunger Games
- George, Julie of the Wolves
- My Side of the Mountain Trilogy
- Lawrence, Wreckers
- Paulsen, Dogsong
- Riordan, Percy Jackson & the Olympians (series)
- Ullman, Banner in the Sky
- Voigt, Homecoming
- White Deathwatch
- Bagnold, National Velvet
- Burnford, Incredible journey
- Gipson, Old Yeller
- Hiaasen, Hoot
- Naylor, Saving Shiloh
- North, Rascal
According to the Family Literacy Foundation, reading aloud to young children serves several crucial functions:
“Studies prove that the most important thing adults can do in preparing young children for success in school and reading is to read aloud with them.
Many doctors believe that a child that has never had the experience of being read to is not a fully healthy child. The American Medical Association has suggested that all doctors prescribe “reading to children.”
Reading aloud with children regularly is an extremely effective medium to build relationships and communicate with children.”
Since March is National Reading Month, we’ve …
Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year!
Nominators are members of teen book groups in sixteen school and public libraries around the country. Nominations were posted on Support Teen Literature Day during National Library Week, and teens across the country voted on their favorite titles between Aug. 15 and Sept. 16.
And the 2011 winners are:
1. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (Simon & Schuster)
2. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic)
3. Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick (Simon & Schuster)
4. I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore …
Back to Basics Learning Dynamics recently announced the launch of its new “Reading is Basic Program.” Currently, the company services over 150 Title I students from the Red Clay, Colonial, Brandywine, Smyrna, and Appoquinimink school districts for supplemental instruction. Back to Basics will make over 500 age-appropriate books available to Title I students. Back to Basics’ teachers will distribute 2-3 books per student, which they can take home and keep.
“Since March is National Reading Month we felt that this was the perfect time to kick off the ‘Reading is Basic Program,’ explains Back to Basics Founder/Director Beverly Stewart. According …