30 Nov 2018

Bucking the summer reading slump

From Nine To Noon, 9:41 am on 30 November 2018
Dr Rachel Williamson, who leads summer reading pilot programme to help children retain literacy levels over long holidays.

Dr Rachel Williamson, who has lead summer reading pilot programme to help children retain literacy levels over long holidays. Photo: supplied

Literacy skills in children built up throughout the academic year can easily be lost over the long summer break. This summer slump can set some children back months in their learning.

Dr Rachel Williamson from the University of Auckland was part of the team that developed The Summer Learning Journey pilot which has been running for four years and has had impressive results in keeping literacy levels up and helping children be ready for the new academic year.