At Wesleyan Academy we are committed to enhance our curriculum and increase our students’ reading proficiency in English and Spanish. As part of this continuous effort student beginning in 2nd grade, our summer reading program aims to motivate life-long reading habits. Our objective is to cultivate a desire for reading, reinforce comprehension, increase vocabulary, and develop fluency.
Research shows that children who do not read over the summer tend to lose most of the reading skills they gained during the school year, while students who read during the summer improve their reading comprehension, analytical reading, writing style, vocabulary, spelling and grammatical development, and reading speed. Jim Cornish (May 2003) states:
“Educators consider summer reading very important in developing life-long reading habits, in maintaining literacy skills and in promoting reading for pleasure. Studies have repeatedly shown that children who continue to read during the summer months perform better when school resumes in the fall. Research has also shown that when parents are actively involved in learning at home, their children become more successful in and out of school.”