• Kids who read beat the summer slide

    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:

    SORA

    Sora

    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.

    audiosync

    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

    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.

    natgeo

    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.

    tumble

    Tumblebooks

    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!

    Here are some resources to help you find books to share with your child and ways to join a reading community:

    Here are some 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) 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

    *References:

    • 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.