“Summer Slide” Reading Initiatives
We all look forward to the rest and relaxation of summer and, of course, it is important to take a break. But hot, lazy summer days with nothing to do may not be the best thing for our students. During the summer months, many children who do not participate in educational enrichment activities can experience learning losses, often referred to as the "summer slide."
Martha Speaks and PBS KIDS have partnered with iVillage and Jet Blue to help kids bridge the summer learning gap. PBS KIDS will feature reading-related episodes from a variety of PBS KIDS series, including Martha Speaks (check TV schedule here). The iVillage PBS KIDS Summer Reading Community Challenge will feature free literacy-building resources for parents and children designed by the experts at PBS Parents and PBS KIDS. Soar with Reading, a joint project of PBS KIDS and Jet Blue, kicks off this month and encourages kids’ imagination to take flight through reading.
In addition to PBS KIDS’s Summer Reading Initiative, Kids Media Matters, an online resource that helps families make smart choices about media at home, is featuring profiles of several outstanding summer reading programs. The Martha Speaks Read-Aloud Book Club is another great way to keep kids reading and excited about books throughout the summer months. And of course, from the new mobile optimized Martha Speaks website, to the Dog Party iPhone app, there are a myriad of online resources to keep kids learning all summer long.
What is your favorite summer read?