Giveaway – Four Easy Tips To Help Prevent the Summer Slide
Disclosure: I received items for my review. All opinions are mine alone. This is a sponsored post with A.T. Cross.
Today is my kindergartener’s concert/graduation. Emotions are high as she gets ready to transition to first grade come September.
We are lucky to live in a great community that has lots of programs to keep our children engaged over summer break. The library hosts daily events that combine STEM, reading, and music. The school offers some additional summer reading programs for anyone who wants to join. There is plenty here to keep our kids momentum from the school year going strong throughout the summer.
But, that is what is offered in our town. I’m not sure what is offered over school break in other communities so I wanted to share with you ways you can keep your kid(s) motivated to keep reading and writing over the summer vacation. Four manageable activities that you can do with the kids – carve out a bit of time here and there. The sun is out, the weather is warm, we want to have all the fun and do all the things – but lets keep that 9 months of learning in the front of our minds.
Carve out time each week for reading. Continuing to read over the summer is one of the most important things you can do. Kids just need to read twenty minutes a day to maintain their learning levels. It really doesn’t matter what they’re reading, as long as they’re reading. So whether it’s magazines, poems, newspaper articles, cookbooks or the local coupon mailer, it’s just important that they’re doing it. If you read at bedtime every night then you can already check this one off!
Keep your kids writing. Get them a notebook and pen at the start of the summer and encourage them to write about their favorite part of the day each night before they go to bed. I especially love this idea! A summer journal – talk about the highs from the day and have the kids jot them down – draw some pictures even! What a fun keepsake.
Make a point to regularly visit your local library. In order to read, your kids have to have access to reading materials. Luckily, your local library has them for free. Let your kids pick out what they want to read and show them that reading is fun by doing it also. Local libraries are also great resources for fun summer learning activities so check out what they’re offering. We hit the library up for a new GIANT stash of books at least every two weeks.
Play games with words. Alphabet Road Trip is a classic and something you can do anywhere at anytime. It’s simple. Starting with the letter “A” the goal is to spot a word that begins with the letter you’re on and then use that word in a sentence. Once you’ve done the first letter, you can move on to the second.
The Summer Slide is the loss of learning that happens when students leave the classroom and don’t have access to basic learning tools. A.T. Cross, a major international manufacturer of fine writing instruments, timepieces, and personal accessories headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island is helping local Providence school kids avoid the Summer Slide this year with a donation of 900 Cross Pens and Journals to George J. West Elementary School during the school’s Reading Week this June. I loved learning that Cross was so generous to donate within the community. Donations like this is what can really have an impact on a persons future – especially when that person is a child.
Cross wants to give your child the same gift – a Cross Pen and Journal set to keep your kids writing and creating over summer break. The pen, an iconic Cross ballpoint, is an ideal start to motivate, inspire and introduce young students to the importance of writing. The journals are medium sized with lined paper and include a unique penholder featured in the spine so kids can keep track of their pen. An angled elastic closure and ribbon page marker help to keep all of the summer journaling organized and intact.
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