Have you heard about the summer slide? This is the unfortunate phenomenon where kids lose a ton of the info that they learned during the school year because they aren't practicing those skills. So what can be done? Kids need to keep those brains active during the summer in ways that are both fun and challenging.
This summer, Open Books has a program that is designed to do just that. The Kids' Club Card is a fun way to help kids avoid the inevitable summer reading slump. And kids can earn free books for participating.
At the welcoming Open Books store in River North, kids can camp out with comfy pillows while they read to their heart’s delight and enjoy a host of literacy games and activities. Because research shows that allowing children to choose their own books can be a great way of combating summer reading slump – and the cumulative, long-term loss of progress that it can produce – the store features 10,000+ kids’ books of all reading levels.
Joining the Kids’ Club is as simple as requesting a free card at the store’s front desk. During each visit, kids can have their card punched, and can then redeem it for a free book of their choice on the fifth punch or fill 2 cards for 3 free books. The club runs through August 31, 2012, and no purchase is necessary to participate.
The Open Books store is part of the larger Chicago Open Books organization, which provides thousands of high-need, low-income Chicago Public School students with 1 on 1 weekly reading and writing sessions (www.open-books.org)