June 7th

Summer Reading

It is almost Summer Break for us in the Gresham-Barlow School District. That means more time for family, friends, the outdoors, and a long awaited break from school for many students. One phenomenon that has been researched is called the "summer slide". The “summer slide” refers to the weakening in children’s academic abilities that occurs during the summer months when they are away from the classroom and not receiving formal literacy and math education. In fact, a recent study showed that elementary students lose, on average, 20 percent of their reading and 27 percent of their math gains from the school year over the summer. You may be wondering - what can I do to help my children continue learning over Summer? Here are a few ideas.

1. Check out your local library and let your kids read what they want. Children are much more motivated to read when they have a choice and you can also sign up for the Multnomah County Library Summer Reading game.

2. Read aloud with your kids. Spending time together while reading makes it much more fun and can be a great way to build a routine around reading, such as at night before bed time.

3. Going on a long car ride or family trip? Bring books and reading apps with you. The Multnomah County Library has many E-Books available to read which can be downloaded to your phone, tablet, or laptop.

4. Combine books with other activities. If you are going to the park, movies, or sporting event, try bringing some books to read when you have extra downtime while waiting or driving. You can even read about the event or movie subject and discuss together what you learned.

5. Talk about it! When we show kids that we enjoy and value reading, they are more likely to see it is an important part of life. Tell them about books you have read, what you learned, or how it helped you and they may soon start feeling the same.

6. Make time for smart play. Utilize group games and puzzles to practice some math and creative thinking skills. There are also many learning apps, such as seen on our student resources webpage.

7. Use your imagination! Kids learn best by experimenting and exploring new topics that interest them and applying what they learn into their life. Kids can reenact stories, create artwork, or even build LEGO recreations of what they read and learn.

Those are just a few things, but if you want to learn more you can check out these tips from the Multnomah County Library, Scholastic, or Reading is Fundamental.


Below is a link to many resources which have been provided by the Gresham-Barlow School District. There is information regarding meal distribution, housing help, mental health resources, and childcare assistance.

Please reach out if you are in need of anything and I can help you to navigate the resources available to us and find the supports you need during these times. You can also fill out our Resource Request Form and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Resource List

Lista de recursos


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