How to beat summer slide

Columbus Dispatch: Beware the summer slide – and we’re not talking about the new water adventure at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium’s Zoombezi Bay.

Summer slide is what happens when youngsters, and even oldsters, take a significant break from reading or other academic pursuits and suffer a loss of skills as a result.

That’s bad, but library programs are a fun preventive measure to hold onto or even build reading acumen over the summer.

In Columbus, the Metropolitan Library’s Summer Reading Challenge runs through Aug. 4, providing incentives for all ages to read their way through June and July.

Research has shown summer slide is a serious concern for all students but especially those in low-income families, who can fall as much as three grade levels behind peers by the end of fifth grade without interventions to help them maintain academic achievement. Higher-income families tend to have more resources to help keep skills sharp, but summer reading programs can stem or prevent the loss.

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