Literacy Night Focuses on Summer Learning
The focus of the literacy night at Bennion Elementary was academic maintenance. The event opened with a general session where parents were presented with research on the learning regression student’s face after a summer break.
Once parents had the statistics, they were given tools to help their students. A variety of breakout sessions included strategies for reading aloud to children, from infancy through the teenage years. There was instruction on continuing math and literacy skills at home with online programs such as ST Math and Lexia Reading. A make and take session provided math fact games to play over the summer and a list of everyday math activities, even while pumping gas, to reinforce basic math skills.
Research shows that students who read over the summer maintain their academic standing better than those who do not, the students were challenged to read at least six books over the break. To facilitate this goal, a representative from the public library informed parents about their summer reading program and make sure everyone has a library card. They also provided free books to help students get a head start on their reading.
As they left, the parents commented on how well the information prepared them to take a larger academic role over the summer.
Author: Avan Thayn, Bennion Elementary