For the second year in a row, Mass Literacy and the local education technology startup Readocity have partnered to offer the free Summer Smart Reading Challenge to Massachusetts students entering grades K-12. The challenge inspires a love of books and reading in children and teens while helping them stave off summer learning loss.
Students can participate on their own or through their school. For schools that sign up, Mass Literacy will award a $1000 grant to the school library that logs the most reading minutes on average per student.
Readocity is providing their innovative literacy tool for free as part of the challenge, which allows readers to set reading goals, track their progress, discover age-appropriate book recommendations, and access weekly reading tips to engage readers in discussions about the books they have read.
Summer reading is especially important because it helps children avoid the summer slide, which can cause children to lose up to three months of the academic gains that they made during the school year. Reading over the summer also has many additional benefits.
Readocity’s Chief Literacy Adviser Dr. Andrew Johnson says that one of the best things we can do as parents and teachers is to help children fall in love with books. “The amount of reading students do has been linked to increases in word identification, vocabulary, comprehension, and conceptual knowledge” said Johnson. “The research is very clear: free voluntary reading is very effective and important.”
The challenge runs from July 1 through August 24. Sign up today at www.Readocity.com/SummerSmart.