It is getting close! School is almost over! Yay!!
HOWEVER, we must read EVERY SINGLE DAY! Why? Let's talk about that a minute.
See this sliding board? Let's say that you are standing at the ladder, ready to climb up and slide down. The ladder is a symbol of the school year. Two steps up? You just finished the First Quarter of school--you got mostly Cs on your report card. You can do better than that! Two more steps on the ladder. Second Quarter is over! Yay! Your grades came up, 1 C, 1 A, and the rest Bs! Good job! You were working hard for that! Two more steps up the ladder: Third Quarter is over! This was a tough quarter, but look! Your grades came up again! No Cs, all As except that one B+! Great job! Two more steps, and you are at the top of the ladder! A lot of hard work this year, but you did it: STRAIGHT As!!
Now, slide down that slide! But wait, the slide was hot and hurt a little bit, and you have sand or grass on your legs. That is because you really wanted these: the Monkey Bars!
Wait, that crazy Mrs. Seiwert is not making any sense at all! Okay, let's put this in a different context.
Studies show that when you do not read over the summer, you slide all the way back to the 3rd quarter of school. It is like falling off the ladder, or sliding backwards. You don't want that! If you read every day of summer, you begin the new year at the same reading level (or higher!) that you finished the prior year. Like Monkey Bars!!
There are many opportunities over the summer to read, especially this summer with the new library opening (I am so excited for that!). There are free reading programs, paid reading clubs, this school library--it isn't hard to do. Twenty minutes a day.
Twenty minutes every day.