Monday, May 19, 2008


(Every day, Bob catches fish. One day, he catches the biggest surprise of his life. This lively retelling of an old folktale has easy-to-read text and fun puzzles to try after the story.)

As many of you know, I am an Usborne Childrens Book Consultant and I LOVE the new books that Usborne has come out with this summer! I am going to be picking an "Usborne Pick of the Week" all summer long to share with you because I know how easily children can fall into what teachers call, "The Summer Slump!"


The summer slump is an educational term referring to the loss of learning that often takes place between the end of one school year and the beginning of the next. Also known as summer learning loss, or summer setback, this phenomenon has been officially researched since 1906. Findings consistently point to lower scores on tests at the end of the summer than at the beginning, confirming that reading is among the skills vulnerable to summer learning loss. Reading and understanding blossom with practice, and any gap in that practice can negatively affect a child's ability. An obvious solution is supported by the research: Keep kids reading during the summer! In fact, reading just four or five books during summer can make a real difference in student achievement. Researcher Jimmy Kim found that regardless of race, socioeconomic level or previous achievement, children who read more books fared better on reading-comprehension tests in the fall than their peers who had read one or no books over the summer. Children lose school-year reading gains over the summer if they don't read (especially disadvantaged kids).
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Frampton Family said...

O.K, I've had two people from my friend links who have commented on how beautiful you are girly.

JR and Kelie said...

Hey Kel! Just found your blog...and am catching up on you and jared! I am jealous of your mothers day! You are beautiful!!! (as always)