WACO, Texas (KWTX) Studies show that children during the summer lose a significant amount of reading skills and learning skills this is why teacher are encouraging parents to read with children on their months off.
In Central Texas there are several programs that will keep your children engaged in learning and reading throughout the summer.
Baylor University’s School of Education works with Waco Independent School District and Transformation Waco to host Freedom Schools throughout the summer.
Freedom Schools is a free seven week reading program which empowers and shows students that learning and reading can be fun.
The participating schools are Indian Spring Middle School and J.H. Hines Elementary.
Executive Director of the Baylor School of Education’s Freedom Schools Dr. Lakia Scott says keep students in an academic curriculum during the summer is imperative.
“Students can actually lose three to nine months of learning if they are not involved in quality resources and programming during the summer,” Dr. Scott said.
“Freedom schools fills that void by providing students with access to literature as well as with interventions that help them propel their reading abilities throughout the summer."
To enroll in Freedom Schools contact Waco ISD.
Public Libraries throughout Central Texas also have programs to keep children engaged in reading and learning throughout the summer.
Parents can enroll their children in any public library's reading club online where they will track how long they read on an online log to receive prizes.
The library’s also offer free learning events throughout the summer. You can find all these events on their calendar.
Teachers also encourage parents to spend time reading with their children every day.
“Studies vary but its shown 20 minutes to 40 minutes of reading a day and just that about of time can increase their reading abilities as well as propel interest and engagements in reading other texts,” Dr. Scott said.