Over summer vacation, children typically read less than they do during the school year. During this time away from school, they are at risk of losing some of the literacy skills developed during the academic year. Children can lose upward of a month of skills or knowledge in math, reading and language arts each summer - this loss is referred to as the summer slide. This loss plays a significant role in a child's chances for future success in school and in life.
Building on strategies and practices already in place in the city, and working in collaboration with the Ottawa Public Library and Community Houses across the city, a pilot project was implemented to explore best practices in staff training and program delivery within a summer camp setting. The full pilot report can be found here. A small task group has been formed to build on the Summer Literacy Achievement Pilot Results. The group will be focusing on further development of staff training and program delivery.
The Lit Kit is the product of the Summer Literacy Task Group's hard work in the are of the summer slide. This "program in a box" is designed to help reduce a child's loss of literacy skill by helping summer camps, programs, and parents/guardians to integrate literacy into their daily activities. By thinking outside of the box (while using what's in the box) on how to support literacy and reading, we can can encourage a love of reading in all children all year long.
The contents of the Lit Kit can be worked into any program, camp, or home in assist in the development of five key literacy skills:
At this time, we are no longer distributing hard copies however, we are able to provide digital copies below for you to download at your leisure.
Divided by age group (4-6 and 7-12) and includes activities, games, and crafts which promote literacy development. (Contains tips for: implementing additional literacy measures in your program, and overcoming challenges and supporting children who are struggling with reading).
Includes templates for printing that accompany the suggested activities and crafts. (List of recommended books based on age, reading level and theme, developed by the Ottawa Public Library).
Thanks to funding received from the Community Foundation of Ottawa, last year we provided the Lit Kit free of charge and it is available in both French and English.