Even though my kids are teenagers now, I still remember those first days of school as I tearfully watched them get on the bus and head off to Kindergarten. Sigh, it goes by so fast… If your little ones are just starting school, they (and you!) might be a little nervous about this new experience.
The ‘summer slide’ refers to the very real backsliding in reading development that can occur during summer vacation when kids are out of school. Simply put, any child who doesn’t read over the summer months is likely to experience a loss in reading skills. However, those children who read regularly when school is out retain or even slightly improve their reading abilities.
Teachers know that one of the marks of a bright child is the size of the child’s vocabulary. The definition of vocabulary is the knowledge of words and word meanings. Children with a larger vocabulary communicate better, read and write with greater understanding, and radiate confidence in their learning ability.
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