School’s out and summer is upon us. Parents everywhere are trying to figure out what to do with their kids. One universal problem, documented in countless studies of young children over the past thirty-five years, is called summer learning loss.
This loss in learning varies across grade level, subject matter and family income. In general, kids from low-income families lose the equivalent of two months of reading proficiency whereas kids from middle class families experience slight gains. Why this difference and how can it be changed? The answer is simple: get kids to read, especially in the summer. But how?