Commonly referred to as a “summer slide,” research shows that students may experience learning loss if they are not actively engaged in academic activities during the summer months. Summer reading programs and access to engaging and authentic children’s literature are ways  to avoid this slide. Incorporating reading into summer break is a valuable opportunity to help students continue developing their reading skills, expand their knowledge, and cultivate a love of learning. LevelUp Reader offers a variety of ways to support parents’ efforts to encourage their children to avoid learning loss and be prepared for fall.

Access the Extensive Digital Library

Students have easy access to books through their unique, personalized bookshelf. This adaptive platform includes over 2,400 authentic fiction and nonfiction titles. These high-interest titles include topics on sports, arts and crafts, animals, fantasy, and more. This extensive digital library is accessible anywhere, including offline reading through the app, on a computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone by using an active username and password or QR badge. The ability to read whenever and whatever a student wants during the summer helps foster a habit of lifelong learning.

Motivate Students with the “Read-to-Play” Feature

LevelUp’s gaming environment maximizes student engagement during the summer through a “Read-to-Play” feature where students earn stars for books they read, which can then be used to customize their own 3D world. Learners will be able to freely play and wander through a state-of-the-art, immersive 3D environment similar to today’s most popular gaming platforms.

Assign Foundational Skills Activities for Individual Students

Educators who are working with small groups, individual students, or simply want to provide extra foundational skills work for students during the summer have various components in LevelUp available. There are 110 interactive phonics ebooks that can be assigned in any order to reinforce specific phonics practice. These ebooks include guided instruction on individual skills, visually appealing video and illustrations, professionally narrated audio elements, interactive practice and activities, and positive reinforcement through LevelUp rewards. There are also multiple printable resources that provide extra phonics practice that can be printed or assigned to students at any time. Running records can also be assigned and recorded at home for a teacher to review later for fluency progress.

Monitor Student Progress

LevelUp Reader offers robust, intuitive reporting for analysis. Educators have access to essential reporting at a glance, plus the ability to drill down to over 100 data points at the district, school, class, and student level. These data points follow each student as they progress from grade to grade, including a student’s activity over summer break. This allows educators to make pedagogically appropriate decisions to continue supporting a student when they head back to school in the fall.

Encourage Parent Engagement

Parental involvement is crucial to a student’s summer reading success. When parents actively engage in their child’s reading experiences, they contribute to their academic progress and lifelong literacy skills. Encourage the parents or guardians of your students to use LevelUp with their child over the summer with this email template:

Dear Parents,

Your child has over 2,400 books at their fingertips. They can use their username and password to access their LevelUp library on a computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone to read anywhere with an internet connection or offline through the app. The included “read-to-play” feature will motivate your child to read multiple books, earn stars, and customize their own state-of-the-art 3-D world.

Summer reading will help your child improve their reading skills and be ready to start school in fall!

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Summer reading is vital for elementary students. Through parental involvement, engaging programs, and access to diverse reading materials, students can continue to explore new worlds, expand their knowledge, and develop critical literacy skills during the summer break. By embracing the joy of reading outside the classroom, elementary students are empowered to become lifelong learners, confident communicators, and active participants in the world around them. Summer reading through LevelUp serves as a cornerstone for academic success, personal growth, and a lifelong journey of discovery.

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