As a Language Arts teacher, I can testify to the dreaded “summer slide” though currently in our district only 8th graders heading to honors classes have summer reading requirements. From preschoolers to high schoolers, all students would benefit from a program to stay sharp and continue the skills they’ve begun to build on during the school year.
With a four and five year old at home and the older one heading to Kindergarten in the fall, I will turn into “homeschool mom” this summer, designating a “Learning Time” each day to work on reading, writing and more. Making it easier for me to stay structured, the experts at PBS KIDS and Scholastic with their Summer Reading Challenge will send daily emails with literacy-building tips and activities. In addition, you’ll also receive book suggestions and discounts, free downloads of PBS KIDS shows and a daily chance to win $1,000 and other great prizes.
Last evening we kicked off our own Summer Reading program during a Reading Party complete with Super Why notebooks, “There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Chick” from Scholastic Publishing, Word Girl stickers, bookmarks and more. And while I’m a pro with 8th graders, teaching little ones is still new territory to me, so it’s great to know our Summer Reading Challenge coach is none other than Angela Santomero, Creator, Executive Producer and Head Writer of SUPER WHY!
Join our family this summer and share your progress by using hashtag #summerslide on Twitter where I’ll be chronicling our daily Learning Time and hopefully getting ideas from readers as well.
Disclaimer: We received sample products for review purposes; all opinions are 100% our own.
- JOIN the Summer Reading Challenge
- Visit Super Why and Word Girl on PBS Kids Website
- BUY There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Chick!