With school out for summer, local school districts are hosting a variety of programs to prevent summer slide, a term referring to the loss of academic skills and knowledge during a child’s lengthy break from classroom instruction.
This month, Hardin County Schools began its Summer Lit Camp program. For three weeks in June, about 250 rising second- through fourth-graders will participate in the district’s summer reading program, geared toward preventing academic regression in students who showed academic growth during the 2018-19 school year.
HCS Chief Academic Officer Greg Sutton said the students were nominated by teachers, parents and administrators.
Sutton said the children learn about basic foundational reading skills up to reading fluency and comprehension. Children also are served breakfast and lunch at the camps.
“These are kids that are really thriving, doing good,” Sutton said.
The camps, which are from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at G.C. Burkhead Elementary School in Elizabethtown and Woodland Elementary School in Radcliff, have students participate in a variety of reading activities. In one activity, several students read “Crow Call,” a picture book. The students learned how the book’s illustrations could help them visualize plot events. In another activity, children paired up with each other and read together.
Braylen Calhoon was one student at the camp Thursday at G.C. Burkhead. After learning the letters “Q” and “U” were the first letters in the word “quilt,” the 8-year-old sat at a computer to learn about more letters. Later Thursday morning, Deni Daugherty, 9, a student at Creekside Elementary School, and Rosalynn Thomas, 9, a student at G.C. Burkhead, read “Exclamation Mark,” a book about an exclamation mark trying to “fit in” with periods.
The Elizabethtown Independent School district also attempts to prevent summer slide through similar district programs. The school district also partnered with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library earlier this year, which delivers books to newborns through 5-year-olds every month.