Summers take on a different kind of sheen once one completes the traditional September-June school schedule. Whereas hot seasons of our youth signifie...
It's summertime readers! Are you ready to relax, hit the beach, put down your phone, and pick up a nice new book? Great! Because this summer's newest book releases from your favorite authors and some fresh debut titles will have you lounging in your beach chair for hours on end devouring each and every word, while ignoring each and every iPhone ding.
The summer months usher in warmer weather, seemingly unlimited time for relaxation and rest, and increased opportunities for socialization with friends. The very last thing that you may wish to do is summer homework (including summer reading). Unfortunately, there is no way around it, but it is not as terrible as it may at first seem.
The summer reading list has provided students with a link to school during the dog days of vacation for decades. While it's important for students to read real literature during the summer -- wasn't Moby Dick on the list every year? -- the idea of a traditional book list today seems outdated and incomplete.
The National Summer Learning Association states: "To succeed in school and life children and young adults need ongoing opportunities to learn and practice essential skills. This is especially true during the summer months. All young people experience learning loss when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer."