“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.
In a joint venture between Back to Basics Learning Dynamics and the literacy organization Success Won’t Wait, 500 children’s books will be provided to Delaware children this fall through the “Reading is Basic” program. The program is coordinated by Matt McNeill, who is both a 10-year veteran volunteer for Success Won’t Wait and a Back to Basics’ student.
Launched in March 2011, “Reading is Basic” is a collaborative effort to make age-appropriate books available to local Delaware Title I students. Since 2011, almost 2,000 children’s books have been provided through the program.
Back to Basics services hundreds of Title …
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 …
Back to Basics Learning Dynamics, Inc., in a unique partnership with the literacy organization Success Won’t Wait, Inc., will provide over 500 children’s books to children in Delaware’s non-public Title I program, in celebration of National I Love to Read Month. Together, Back to Basics Learning Dynamics and Success Won’t Wait launched the “Reading is Basic Program” in 2011, and since then the program has provided thousands of books to schoolchildren in grades K-8.
Currently, Back to Basics services almost 200 Title I students from the Red Clay, Colonial, Christina, Brandywine, Smyrna, and Appoquinimink school districts who attend non-public schools, …