Engage Readers and Beat the Summer Slide!

The school year is finally winding down—and what a year it has been! Teachers, parents, and students will all be happy to take a break from distance learning. Unfortunately, the summer slide will not be taking a break. In fact, the impact of the COVID slide, as some are calling it, may be substantially worse, especially in situations where finances are stretched. Encouraging your child to read this summer is more important than ever.

Any book or magazine your child reads can help reduce the “slide” but only to a certain extent. The key is keeping the reader engaged with the content and interacting with it. Have you ever heard the story of George Brett and his infamous home run? Do you ever wonder why the Leaning Tower of Pisa doesn’t topple over? Fascinating stories like these are the backbone of our reading comprehension series.

Summer Solutions Reading Comprehension for grades K–6 gives students opportunities to practice and reinforce important comprehension skills. Each book has 30 lessons that include a variety of high-interest fiction and nonfiction passages written at grade-level. The passages are followed by questions that help readers interact with the text, increasing vocabulary and comprehension skills. An answer key for self-checking is included. By completing just one lesson three days a week, children get the practice they need and still have plenty of time to enjoy summer activities and read other good books. In the fall, they’ll be confident and ready to learn new material.

The lists below highlight some of the important skills students should use over the summer. Visit our website to see a complete list of skills for each grade level. Select your child’s grade level, then click the “Skills” button under “View Sample Pages.” The sample lessons below will help you get the ball rolling!

Students in the primary grades (K–3) should be able to do these:

  • read common high-frequency sight words
  • practice following directions
  • sequence story events
  • describe the actions of story characters
  • identify the main idea and author’s purpose
  • use context clues and other means to build vocabulary
  • make inferences
  • answer questions to demonstrate comprehension

Students in the intermediate grades (4–6) should be able to do these:

  • summarize a text
  • draw conclusions
  • articulate the main idea
  • identify cause/effect relationships
  • explain and draw conclusions
  • identify character traits
  • understand idiomatic phrases and figurative language
  • use context clues to build vocabulary

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 Summer Solutions offers kids the ability to review the skills that they were taught during this school year. That way when they return to school in a few weeks or even next fall, they will be ready to continue right where they left off.

About the author


Marge is a writer here at Simple Solutions. She has Elementary and Special Education degrees from Notre Dame College. For 17 years, she taught both second and third grades at St. Paschal Baylon School in Ohio, the first school to use Simple Solutions. In her free time, she enjoys baking, reading, and visiting US National Parks with her husband.

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