Monday, May 19, 2014

Preventing Summer Slide

Reading Is Fundamental has some ideas about how to prevent summer slide, the up to two month learning loss over the summer. Here are some simple ideas  from the article:


  • Visit. Head to the library and sign your kid up for a library card if they don’t already have one. In addition to a wide selection of books to borrow, many libraries have free, child-friendly summer reading programs. Going to a baseball game? Read a book about baseball before you head off to that double-header.
  • Lead. Kids look up to you, so lead by example. Read the newspaper at breakfast, pick up a magazine at the doctor’s office, and stuff a paperback in your beach bag. If kids see the adults around them reading often, they will understand that all types of reading can be an important part of their summer days. Storybooks aren’t the only thing that kids can read. Be prepared and keep all kinds of reading material on hand that might spark the interest of a young reader.
  • Talk. Talking with your kids about what you have read also lets them know that reading is an important part of your life. Tell them why you liked a book, what you learned from it, or how it helped you—soon they might start doing the same. Going camping? Have your kids tell stories to their friends.
  • Relax. Reading is supposed to be fun. So relax. Don’t set daily minute requirements or determine the number of pages they should read. Instead, make sure they pick up books that appeal to them and help find ways for them to choose to read on their own.
  • Tuesday, May 13, 2014

    Children’s Book Week

    May 12-18th is Children’s Book Week, a celebration of books for young people and the joy reading. Established in 1919, it is the longest running national  children’s literacy initiative.


    This years poster is by Robin Preiss Glaser, the author of the Fancy Nancy and Nancy Clancy books. She is the 2013 Children’s Choice Illustrator of the Year award Winner for Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet.

    Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet