The school year is ending in just a few days. This means we’ve got about 90 days of splashing in pools, building sandcastles and sipping lemonade ahead of us. Yeah for summer fun!
The bad news is that your kids will also likely forget many of the things they learned during the school year. This epidemic is called the "summer slide" (I wrote an article about this topic for the July issue of Chicago Parent magazine, but until it is online, trust me when I tell you that this is an unfortunate problem for our kiddos). Educators and experienced parents agree that the best way to combat summer learning loss is to keep your kids reading during the summer months.I am signing my littles up for the Rahm’s Readers: You Are What You Read, the 2012 Chicago Public Library Summer reading program. There is likely a similar summer reading program in nearly every town. The CPL program runs from June 11, 2012 – August 4, 2012. Children up to the age of 14 are invited to participate in this eight-week, drop-in reading club.
This summer’s theme celebrates healthy living: eating right, getting exercise and of course, reading. Picture-book readers and pre-readers who complete 25 pictures books will earn a bag for books. Children who read chapter books will earn a back to school drawstring backpack when they complete 10 chapter books. Weekly book raffles, author visits, performers and presenters are just some of the activities that are
My kids participated in this program last year and loved it (mostly because they won all sort of fun prizes – including tickets to a Chicago Sky game, free pizzas from Lou Malnati’s and free books).
For more information, contact your neighborhood library or call Children and Young Adult Services at (312) 747-4780.