As the school year is coming to an end and summer quickly approaching, we know that means a lot of free time for kids. Here is one fact you need to learn and three ways you can keep children learning and growing over the summer months!
SUMMER LEARNING LOSS IS REAL
Are you aware of the negative impact on children not exposed to summer learning opportunities? Research shows that 2-3 months of reading skills and 2 months of math are lost when children are not exposed to summer learning activities. By the end of 6th grade, students who regularly experience summer learning loss are an average of 2 years behind their peers. (1) We can do something about that!
It is our desire to find a variety of ways to get books into the hands of children this summer. We believe you can encourage them to read and to encourage them to keep learning!
We would love to see literacy activities in EVERY NEIGHBORHOOD this summer!
Here are a few things to keep in mind:
1) Have you heard about “Little Free Libraries”? Can you imagine planting these little resources in partnership neighborhoods throughout our city? (Now imagine lots of them.) If you missed our last blog on Little Free Libraries check that out here.
Do you live in a neighborhood where you could host a Little Free Library in your front yard? Or even better, host a front-yard hang-out time and read with kids at your “Little Free Library”?
2) Do you or someone you know love woodworking? Maybe they would like to serve our city by building little libraries that could be stocked with books for kids to borrow and return. (Be inspired by the ideas on our Pinterest page.)
3) Read With a Child This Summer. If Little Free Libraries aren’t your thing then maybe you should just come on out to a Saturday Sports program this summer and read with kids. We can plug you in!
Are you interested in reading with kids this summer at one of our Saturday Sports Programs? For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUMMER READING CHECKLIST
___ Read a book about space
___ Read a book while eating ice cream
___ Read a book and act it out
___ Read a biography
___ Read a chapter book
___ Read a book about bugs
___ Read a book to someone else
___ Read a book using a funny accent
___ Read a book – capture it on video
___ Read a biography
___ Read an alphabet book
___ Read while eating lunch
___ Read in a tent
___ Read a book about animals
___ Read a book under a tree
___ Read a book about another country
___ Read with your family
___ Read about friendship
___ Read at the park
___ Read about art
___ Read about manners
___ Read a book that makes you laugh
___ Read to a pet
___ Read about space
___ Read a comic book
___ Read about the United States
___ Read about the stars
___ Read on your bed
___ Read at a table
___ Read on a pillow
___ Read about plants
___ READ ALL SUMMER