Summer Slide: How You Can Help Your Child Succeed

read unitedRead2Succeed and AARP Foundation Experience Corps are two initiatives started by Read United to fight back the alarming statistics of illiteracy in Georgia. These programs recruit volunteers to tutor kindergarten through 3rd grade kids in literacy and reading comprehension.

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In addition to volunteering with tutoring programs, there are multiple ways you can help increase literacy in the community. Various ways include reading to your child at home, reading in front of your child often, and involving yourself in your child’s school.

Read United Tip #1: Read to Your Child at Home

Summer slide refers to the period of time students are not in school and lose achievement gains they made during the school year. This is especially true for low-income children who do not have access to books. However, you can fight the summer slide by reading daily with your children!

According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), “children who are read to at home enjoy a substantial advantage over children who are not.” These children are more likely to be able to write their own name faster, be able to count to 20 sooner, and be able to read on their own with ease.

Read United Tip #2: Read Often & Check Out the Local Library

If your child sees you reading, he or she is more likely to want to read as well. It’s important that reading is not seen as a chore but as a fun time to enjoy either alone or with others. Additionally, reading various types of material (newspaper, book, magazine, blog, etc.) will help expand their concept of reading and encourage them to try reading on different platforms.

Additionally, libraries are an incredible resource for you and your child to use. When you take your child to the library to pick out his own book, he gets to explore a whole new world within the story. The librarians can even make suggestions and help pick out age-appropriate reading material. Libraries in the area include Washington Memorial Library, Riverside Library, Shurling Library, and others!

Read United Tip #3: Involve Yourself in Your Child’s Classroom

If possible, volunteer as an assistant or in any way that you are needed in your child’s classroom. NCES found that parent involvement and reading comprehension levels are directly related. If the teacher has extra help, more students will get much-needed attention.

The statistics are alarming for the kids who do not obtain a proficient reading level by the 3rd grade: 75% of those children remain poor readers throughout high school. With poor reading skills, obtaining a career or attending college is nearly impossible. Help us diminish these statistics by volunteering with AARP Foundation Experience Corps and Read2Succeed!

Find out how you can get involved today.