Celebrating Reading and Prevent the Summer Reading Slide with Idea Public Schools

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Celebrating Reading and Prevent the Summer Reading Slide with Idea Public Schools

IDEA Celebrates Royal Readers

Nearly 4,000 IDEA Public School students from our  61 campuses for the 2017-18 school year were crowned Royal Readers this year and celebrated for their commitment to literacy and reading success. They were rewarded with events packed with fun activities, dancing, author talks, and more! 

Becoming an IDEA Royal Reader is no small feat, and students are required to meet two criteria­­– word count and comprehension.  Academy students become Royal Readers by reading at least one million words and having at least an average comprehension test score of eighty-five percent correct.  College preparatory students achieve Royal Reader status when they read two million words at eighty-five percent test accuracy. 

Our annual Royal Reader celebrations are one of our favorite traditions at IDEA. Students get dressed up as they commemorate their reading achievement with fellow students and IDEA leaders! The bar is set at a high level, so the time to celebrate is an important one for IDEA students and staff alike

The Royal Readers Program is a reading incentive program for students in grade levels 1-8. The goal of Royal Readers is to foster further reading development, growth, and a life-long love for reading. IDEA knows great readers make great learners. If students can’t read, they may struggle to solve a math word problem or grasp science concepts.  In fact, The Educational Testing Services reported that students who do more reading at home are better readers and have higher math scores in school. 

We emphasize reading not only during English & Language Arts class and in the Accelerated Reader Zone, but also while waiting in the lunch line, riding home on the bus, before bed, when classwork is finished early and in the summer. Here are some of our top tips to prevent your child from the Summer Reading ‘Slide’:

Top Tips To Prevent The Summer Reading Slide :: 

  • Choose the right books – The “Goldilocks Effect” – not too easy, not too hard. Series books are a good choice for struggling readers.
  • Encourage new interests – Encourage your child to explore interesting topics they want to read. Let them try different genres and formats— fiction, non-fiction, e-books, magazines, or whatever gets them going.
  • Visit the local library – There are endless book options, special summer programs… and it’s free! Check out audiobooks for road trips.
  • Set a summer reading goal – How many books can your child read this summer? Post and chart progress toward the goal. Have a friendly family competition with a special reward to show your kids that reading is also a priority for you.

Does your child’s school place tremendous importance on reading? Join IDEA Public Schools now so your child can participate in the learning fun and be crowned a Royal Reader!




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