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Have you heard of the “summer slide”?

Not the fun kind of slide at the park, but the crummy kind of slide—a decline in reading ability that happens to many kids over the summer months.

Numerous studies show that kids who don’t read over summer vacation actually slip in reading ability by the time fall rolls around. As parents, we don’t need studies to tell us this! It’s just common sense, isn’t it? I mean, if your child plays the violin but stops playing for three months, he or she isn’t going to be as good as the child who continued to play the violin over the summer.

Reading practice doesn’t have to be boring.

Swap books with friends, cook from a recipe, play games that involve some reading. I designed most of the activity sheets in All About Reading to be reusable, too, so bringing them out during the summer is another good idea for keeping reading skills sharp. For each new reading concept taught, there’s an engaging activity to go with it.

These aren’t your regular, ordinary activity sheets—no, sirree!

Some are wacky, some are sweet:

All About Reading Activity Download

There’s a wide variety, with minimal prep:

All About Reading Activity Download

They are motivating for your kids and designed to turn them on to reading:

All About Reading Activity Download

Free Printables!

If you’re looking for summer reading practice for your kids, download these free printables and get a taste of the All About Reading program! With the exception of the Word Flippers, the downloads are all customizable: you can fill in your own words for reading practice or use the words provided.

All About Reading Activity Download  Over Easy

All About Reading Activity Download  Word Flippers for FF-LL-SS

All About Reading Activity Download  A Flock of Ducks

All About Reading Activity Download  Feed the Anteater

All About Reading Activity Download  Be a Lumberjack

All About Reading Activity Download  Wake Up the Sheep

Do you have any good ideas for encouraging learning this summer?


About Marie Rippel

Marie Rippel, curriculum developer of the award-winning All About Reading and All About Spelling programs, is known for taking the struggle out of both teaching and learning. Marie is an Orton-Gillingham practitioner, sought-after speaker, and member of the International Dyslexia Association. When not writing or teaching, Marie can be found riding her Icelandic horses.


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  1. Thanks for these printables!

  2. I just read the post about the wordless books and the diorama. My three year old grandson loves to make up stories. I’ve been trying to catch him and record so I could turn his story into a book it’s not as easy as it sounds. We always seem to be in the car an he will see something and get going. He doesn’t ever have a “the end”. We might try the wordless book. He seems interested in letters now, makes up songs too. I’m thinking this is the perfect opportunity to begin a more formal program like your preschool reading program. Who says you can begin in the summer?
    Betsy. (Grandma)

  3. Do you sell your curriculum to schools? I tutor a dyslexic boy that goes to a Waldorf school. The tutor at the school that will start working with him 2x/ week wanted to know what I use. I told her to look at AAR. I told her where the boy is working right now, so she could reinforce what we’re doing. But her first question to me was: “What sight word list is he working on?” So, I don’t know if she gets it. I explained some about the program. She wanted me to send her word lists from the program. I told to to look at AAR.

  4. thank you for the printables! =)

  5. Thank you so much for the free printables! My kids come running when I get out “All About Reading” activities–especially the ones with Ziggy. Since they filled up their summer reading charts (20 books) from the library already this summer, we started using the star chart that came with the program and plan to celebrate with dinner at their favorite spaghetti place when they’ve filled those too. It’s so exciting to see them wanting to read books!

  6. Alice R says:

    My girls and I have already played with “Over Easy” and it made summer reading review fun. I can see that I want to add more games & fun to my Reading Time and am excited about getting All About Reading next year!

  7. I’m finding just encouraging them is not enough. I continue to read to them and try to find things for them to read to me. I still don’t feel like we’re as successful as we need to be with this.

  8. We make frequent trips to the local library and participate in their summer reading program.

  9. Carisue says:

    I am involved in the summer reading at the library. I have checked out many of their favorites and we are reading them together. Every five they get a prize. So it has really encouraged them to read.

  10. Heather says:

    We always participate in our library’s summer reading program. It keeps the kids motivated to read. We choose books based on topics the kids are interested in addition to age-appropriate fiction.

  11. Rebecca says:

    We continue homeschooling, but with a shortened schedule. We read a lot and continue with music lessons.

  12. Thanks for the printable. We continue our lessons through the summer, taking off a day or two here and there as needed for summer activities. My 8 year old is working on Lesson 31 of AAR 2. My six year old just completed Lesson 13 of AAR 2. We are anxiously awaiting the release of AAR 3.

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