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Kids summer reading.

Professors Richard Allington and Anne McGill-Franzen of the University of Tennessee have found a significantly higher reading capability in young children who received fun books to read in the school summer break.

The study ran for 3 years and involved 1,300 children in US grades 1 to 2 at the start (UK years 2 and 3), with two thirds choosing books to read in the school break and the other third as controls.

Pop-culture books were the favourites, featuring musicians, athletes and television and movie characters.

The researchers found that summer reading is as effective as or better than summer school.

According to Allington “Children who do not read in the summer lose two to three months of reading development while kids who do read tend to gain a month of reading proficiency. This creates a three to four month gap every year. Every two or three years the kids who don’t read in the summer fall a year behind the kids who do.”


July 22, 2010 - Posted by | Anne McGill-Franzen, Books, Fun, Learning, Richard Allington, Success

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