It’s official: for many Colorado students, school is out (or almost out) for summer! The excitement among kids is clear, as they look forward to more free time, no homework, and warm weather. At the same time, many parents are looking for ways to keep their kids engaged, entertained, and learning this summer.
Parents play an important role in ensuring that kids don’t experience summer learning loss or “summer slide.” This happens when children fall behind and forget some of what they learned during the school year. There are many ways to combat summer learning loss and ensure kids return from summer ready for the next school year. We cover some of them in this short webinar through Read Now Colorado. The Colorado Department of Education also shared some information and resources on summer slide and ways to address it. Ultimately, one of the best ways to avoid summer learning loss is to make sure kids keep reading all summer long.
The good news is that libraries are hosting free summer reading programs that offer activities, support, and even prizes for kids that participate. We’ve looked through library websites across Colorado and linked to their summer reading program information here. If you don’t see your local library branch it may be part of a larger library district, so look to see if it’s listed under your county. Many of the summer reading programs launch in June so visit your library website and find out how to sign up soon!