Doby's Mill Elementary School

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How to Avoid the "Summer Slide"

By: Ginger Catoe, Principal & Betsy Long, Librarian

"All young people experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer. Research spanning 100 years shows that students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of the summer" (White, 1906; Heyns, 1978; Entwisle & Alexander 1992; Cooper, 1996; Downey et al, 2004).

In order to beat the "summer slide," we encourage you to take your children to the public library at least once a week, allowing them, regardless of age or reading level, to pick whatever (within reason) looks interesting to them... picture books, chapter books, comic books, audiobooks, etc. The important thing is that they continue the practice of READING and ENJOY the experience.

The public library will be hosting "Dig Into Reading," a summer reading incentive program. Additionally, StoryfestSC is an awesome, free event that kicks off summer reading in a big way. It will be held at the SC State Library in Columbia on June 1, from 9:00- 4:00, and includes award-winning authors, storytellers, face-painting and other fun events.

Kershaw County Library is also bringing in a selection of family-friendly musicians, who encourage literacy, reading and storytelling. Information about library programming can be found at

Going to see plays and other performances is another way to engage children in storytelling and theatre, which are literacy-related activities. "Like" the Doby's Mill Elementary School Media Center and Doby's Mill Elementary School Facebook pages, where we regularly post literacy-related opportunities.

Read together as a family! Even older children enjoy read-alouds. Take 15-20 minutes a night to read a chapter-book together. Read a story aloud or listen to an audiobook as you travel from place to place this summer. And, remember to talk to your children about the books that they are reading. Not only does this show your child that you are interested in their reading habits, it also allows you to check on their comprehension, monitor content, and encourage them to think about what they have read.

If your child likes a challenge, set goals or enter into a friendly competition. Join Mrs. Long as she challenges herself to complete the #bookaday challenge for the 2nd year in a row. She’ll be posting her reads on the library’s Facebook page & Instagram and would love to hear about the great books everyone is reading. Whatever you do... READ, and have FUN!

The Times, They are a-Changin'

Next year, as we move to Common Core, we will also be moving away from our use of Accelerated Reader. Instead, we will focus more on goal-setting, reading for pleasure and enjoyment, and instilling a genuine, life-long love of reading in our students. Research shows that there are only two effective ways to improve reading achievement while developing a love of books: providing open and easy access to a large variety of high-quality books and providing time for reading to occur. Of course, we will continue to provide reading motivation programs and celebrate reading success. In fact, we plan to do even more of this! 

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DME Night at the Ballfield (Blowfish Reading Rewards Program)

Tuesday, June 4th, 7pm

301 South Assembly Street

Columbia, SC

If your child completed the requirements for the Blowfish Reading Rewards Program, you will be receiving a letter and bookmark in your child's report card. The bookmark entitles your child to 2-4 tickets to the June 4 game, and possibly more. Check for this letter for more details.