Eye roll at those who say, summer's more than half way over. That may be true, but it's not too late to join the Chicago Public Library Rahm's Readers Summer Learning Challenge. I signed my boys up at the Chicago Public Library last week.
We met the John Merlo branch children's librarian, My Tran, and awesome tween volunteers for Rahm's Readers Summer Learning Challenge. They assured us the time is now. Timing was perfect since "Family night" was just beginning.
We learned the early literacy component for age 0-5 years encourages little ones be read to for 20 minutes per day. Many families, such as ours, already do that, but this is a fun twist to get excited about. We track our reading time in an adorable activity log that also requires we talk, sing, write and play about our stories. There's more details online.
The Chicago Public Library Rahm's Readers Summer Learning Challenge is a valuable resource for parents and kids. It reinforces the importance of play learning, all the time. The cornerstones of the program are talk, sing, write, read and play.
- It prompts "talk with your child all day long about everything you do together; ask your child about animals you see in the neighborhood."
- "Sing a song or rhyme you know and love; clap along to Old MacDonald Had a Farm"
- It encourages writing through practicing their name and letter to represent their favorite animal.
- Our boys played with the library blocks, just like we enact lots of pretend stories at home.
All the kids played with the tween girls on the activity mat during Family Night and listened to stories. There was an abrupt good bye as our rowdy toddler hurt his leg at our 6pm witching hour. We made a quick exit, but the visit was a success.
There are other dates for Chicago Public Libraries near you for family activities such as story time for little ones.
The program's goal is to help begin and continue learning for kids of all ages even during the summer (and year round) when many kids typically lose 1-3 months of educational opportunities.
Regardless of your political views, this program is outstanding. It is built on science, technology, engineering, art and math skills to hep build our future leaders.
How do you and/or your kids like to learn?
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