I partnered with Scholastic to share this giveaway, to help prevent summer slide.
Summertime is almost here! That means trips to the beach, swimming in the pool, backyard barbecues, and overall FUN times! Unfortunately, for some kids, it also means a summer slide. Summer Slide occurs when kids fall behind in reading and math over the summer. It is well-documented and most damaging to children from low-income families.
But you don’t have to let it occur! Here are some things you can do to help prevent Summer Slide:
Go to the Library
The library is a great place to visit during the summer. Let your children have the freedom to choose their own books, so they will be excited about reading! Some libraries even have special incentivized programs during the summer, to encourage your children to keep reading.
Plan Field Trips
There are likely many educational places you can visit in your area. Often times we tend to ignore the local places because we aren’t tourists and just don’t think about it, but they can be full of valuable educational experiences. Check your area for museums, nature preserves, exhibits, etc.
Watch Educational Programming
Sometimes your kids are going to want to watch television, and that’s okay. There are so many educational programming options available now, especially if you subscribe to a streaming service. Don’t have streaming? When you visit your library, see if they also offer DVDs. Mine let’s you borrow them for a week at no charge!
Have a Weekly Game Night
While board games might not sound educational to you, they really are! Almost all board games are going to encourage a few key skills without your child even thinking about it. Take Monopoly for instance — with that game, your child will be practicing both reading, math and critical thinking skills.
Get a Workbook
Scholastic has a great line-up of Summer Express workbooks designed for your children to use between grade levels. From the award-winning editors of Weekly Reader, this collection of colorful, fun-filled activity pages is designed to reinforce academic skills and knowledge through engaging activities. Targeted to specific grade levels, each book will help prevent summer learning loss with age-appropriate activities that meet today’s higher education standards.
With more than 100 curriculum-based activities targeting vocabulary, grammar, writing, reading, and math, these books will help give children a head start in the coming school year. Each book features 100 activity pages arranged in a progressive, 10-week format. It also includes suggestions for quick and easy activities to enhance learning and fun, plus colorful stickers for completing each activity and a weekly incentive chart and certificate!
You can find the Weekly Reader: Summer Express workbooks on Amazon:
- Between Grades PreK & K
- Between Grades K & 1
- Between Grades 1 & 2
- Between Grades 2 & 3
- Between Grades 3 & 4
- Between Grades 4 & 5
Incorporating these things into your child’s summer will help prevent summer slide and give them a leg up as the enter a new grade in the fall!
I’ve partnered with Scholastic to offer my readers an awesome prize package today! One lucky reader will win all 6 Weekly Reader: Summer Express workbooks, a collection of 5 Scholastic books to engage ages 4 – 12, plus a $50 Visa gift card so you can head out for a fun field trip over the summer!
If you’d like a chance to win, just enter using the Giveaway Tools entry form below. Good luck!