Can you believe we are half way thru the summer? Neither can I! While I love for my kids to enjoy their break to the fullest, my former teacher self also wants to make sure they aren’t affected by the summer slide. Especially now that we’ve decided to unschool until later this fall.
In case you’re wondering, the summer slide is the loss of reading or other academic skills, which is common for many kids during the summer holiday. Any school teacher will tell you, without a doubt, that the secret to combat this is READING, READING, READING.
Research shows that just reading six books during the summer can help a struggling reader not regress. It’s important that these books match your child’s age, ability, and interests. A librarian (at your local library) can help with that. The goal is to get kids reading at least 20 minutes each day, but even if your child is a reluctant reader, the library can be a fun place to introduce new books and foster a love for literacy.
Most libraries also have summer reading programs that motivate kids to read with rewards. Many also offer group activities such as crafts, book club, and story time. Ours has an awesome STEAM program that my tweens love to attend. Be sure to check your local library for awesome kid-friendly learning opportunities. And while you’re there, try this fun Seek & Find Library Challenge. Simply print and take it with you, the next time you visit. Click the image below to be redirected to the free download.