The number one way to ensure that your child is ready for the next grade level is to READ! Read with them, encourage them to read age-appropriate books alone, and read yourself as an example!
The "summer slide" is that regression of learning that can happen to students as they take a break from academics over the summer break. Studies show that students lose up to 3 months of learning just by being mentally inactive. That slide is cumulative - meaning after years of the summer slide, students begin to fall behind in classes.*
The best way to improve academically and not fall behind is to READ. Not all classes in Wylie ISD have Summer Reading requirements, but all students have a summer reading expectation! In Wylie ISD, we understand that free choice reading is the best way to help students become lifelong readers. Please go with your child to the library or book store, offer some suggestion, and let them choose the books that meet their interests. When we read for fun, reading is fun!
Access these digital reading resources anytime:
Check out FREE eBooks and Audiobooks from the Wylie ISD Libraries via Sora. Choose Wylie ISD as the library and login with Clever. Users can check out up to 2 books at a time for a period of three weeks. Place a hold on books not currently available. Instructions for use are available in slideshow format and in video format.
Audio File SYNC
SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens 13+. SYNC 2020 will use Sora, the student reading app from OverDrive. Watch this video to learn how to access.
EBSCO K-8 eBooks
Access this database of nonfiction and fiction titles using the username and password from this list. Login with your Google Apps Account to get passwords.
National Geographic Kids
Access this database of nonfiction articles and books using the username and password from this list. Login with your Google Apps Account to get passwords.
Our TumbleBook Library has over 1,100 titles for grades K-12, including animated, talking picture books, read-along chapter books, national geographic videos, non-fiction books, playlists, and books in Spanish and French. The collection also features Graphic Novels!
Resources to help you find books to share with your child and ways to join a reading community:
- 2x2 Reading List - recommended for age 2 to grade 2 children
- Bluebonnet Nominee Books - recommended for 3rd - 6th graders
- Lonestar Reading List - recommended for 6th - 8th graders
- TAYSHAS Reading List - recommended for 9th - 12th graders
Resources to help students choose and find books or other media of enrichment (for grade levels 9-12)
- AP Lit Exam Q3 from 1979-2019
- Khan Academy
- National Book Award List
- Pulitzer Prize Winners List
- SAT/ACT/PSAT/AP Test Prep
- Smith Public Library
- Smith Public Library’s Challenge
- News Media/Journalism
- Non-fiction media (Podcasts, TED talks, documentaries, biographies, true crime shows)
Summer Reading Activities your family can be a part of in the Wylie, Garland, and Sachse community:
- Rita Truett Smith Public Library
- Sachse Public Library
- Barnes and Nobles Summer Reading:
- Students complete the reading journal (BN Summer Reading Log | Registro de lectura de verano de BN) by listing the eight books they read and describing their favorite part of each book.
- During the months of July and August, they redeem their completed journal for a free book from their local Barnes & Noble store.
Summer writing enrichment opportunity for students in grades 6-8
Grab a pen and a favorite notebook and commit to writing 5 minutes a day, Monday-Friday this summer. We’ll provide the prompt to get you going; you provide the commitment. Miss a day? Don’t stress – just jump back in! Don’t like the prompt? Write about something else!
No grades, no rules, just time to play with words (and drawings, if that works for you).
Parents and community members are welcome to join!
To participate, simply visit our Google Drive to access the daily prompts for the summer. Share your writing on Twitter (with parent permission) using the hashtag #WylieWrites. We can’t wait to see your amazing writing all summer long!
- Barbara Heyns, Summer Learning and the Effects of Schooling (New York: Academic Press Inc., 1978)
- Harris Cooper et al., The effects of summer vacation on achievement test scores: A narrative and meta-analytic review. Review of Educational Research 66, no. 3 (1996): 227-268.