Summer Reading Challenge promotes reading at the right level
The South Dakota Department of Education is launching Read! SD, a reading challenge aimed at curbing summer learning loss. With the help of online resources, teachers, librarians and parents will be able to help students identify books and other materials that are at an appropriate level of difficulty and aligned to the students’ interests.
This challenge is unique in that it does not ask students to read as many books as possible, but rather promotes reading engaging material at an appropriate level for each individual child. By entering a Lexile measure and specified interests into an online “Find a Book” tool, students can create a customized reading list with challenging, engaging titles.
Summer learning loss is a primary concern when it comes to early literacy. You can help combat summer learning loss by promoting this challenge in your schools. Encourage your teachers and librarians to share information about the challenge. Click here to download a letter to send home with parents, and visit the Read! SD webpage for more ways to promote the challenge in your school or community.