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Preventing the Summer Slide


The “Summer Slide” has become a familiar term to those who work in education as well as parents. What is the Summer Slide? Essentially, it’s the academic loss that children  experience over the summer holidays. I’ve often been asked by parents at the library how to prevent their children from experiencing the feared “Summer Slide”

My advice is simple- “Kids who read succeed!”  

But how do you incorporate reading into a daily activity in the summer without it seeming like school? I’ve had this dream of creating a book club for my son and his friends. With visions of them reading a book each week and then meeting to discuss our thoughts and feelings over a pitcher of lemonade and cookies. When I proposed this to my son, the horrified look on his face said it all. He also reminded me that Greg Heffley’s mom from Diary of a Wimpy Kid also tried to create a book club for Greg and his friends.(This is just going to prove his point that I am very much like Susan Heffley)

Summer Reading

Source-http://diary-of-a-wimpy-kid.wikia.com/wiki/Reading_Is_Fun

Summer Reading

maybe not Little Women…

It would be wonderful to walk past your childs bedroom and see them curled up with a book each night. Or even see them turn off the TV and curl up on the couch. Truth is, this doesn’t always happen. Reading incentives work. Summer Reading Programs around North America are created on this premise and they are successful because of it. So, in addition to visiting a library and having your child sign up and participate in one of these fantastic programs, why not also provide a reading incentive at home. Here’s my example:

Reading Incentive-Preventing the Summer Slide.

Using stickers, or stamps, have your child mark the different places he or she has read for at least 20 minutes. The only rules are that only one square can be marked each day, and the reading should be a book at their level (no board books for a 12 yearold for example)  for at least 20 minutes. Once the “bingo card” is full, have your child choose a fun family activity that you can do  together as the “reward”. You can create more cards to get you through the summer holidays by coming up with ideas for new places together.

Click here for a printable of the bingo card above

**Take it a step further and create a visual reading log. You or your child (depending on their age) can take pictures of all the places they read this summer, and the books they read while there.**

I’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas about preventing the “Summer Slide” in the comments.

Happy Reading!!!!





Summer Reading Club Programs


   The Summer Reading Club is swinging in full gear at our library and it’s been wonderful having soooo many kids and their families participating in our programs…busy but fun:) The Summer Reading Club theme this year is Imagine.
Every Tuesday afternoon I run a drop in at our library called “Imagination Station”. It’s a bit of a laid back approach to programming where I set up a variety of activities crafts, games etc and invite families to join us for the afternoon. No registration, no limited space. Just drop in fun. I love just playing games with the kids, and spending the afternoon crafting and chatting. Turn out for this program has been fantastic and since the majority of our other programs require registration it’s nice not to turn anyone away. I’ll post a few of the activities we’ve been doing in these programs later this week.
Are you programs in the summer registered or drop in?




Summer Reading Club Class Visits


TD SRC-Imagine Class Visit Idea
   The Summer Reading Club is quickly approaching and I am gearing up for dozens of school visits in June. I love visiting the schools in my area or hosting their visits at the library. There is something special about having the opportunity to connect with the kids that I might not see on a regular basis at my library. By the end of June, I’ll have spoken to about 1800 kids.. (it’s exhausting just thinking about it) :)
Summer Reading Club Class Visits:
I enjoy coming up with ideas for presentations. Luckily, I have a fabulous co-worker who is willing to jump in and she makes brain storming and coming up with new ideas each year-easy & fun. Aside from the typical library spiel and a few other activities -we’ll be:
For our younger visitors:
We’re reading “Can you make a scary face?” by Jan Thomas…and acting it out.
For our older visitors:
Falling For Rapunzel
We are acting out  Falling for Rapunzel (with their participation of course)
Are class visits in June a part of your prep for SRC? What are you sharing with the kids?