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The long lazy days of summer are soon upon us as well as that much looked forward to break from school. Unfortunately, the summer break can also bring about the summer slide; the tendency for students to lose some of the achievement gains made during the previous school year. Reading and being read to over summer can help alleviate this slide backwards and might even bring about some additional gains so it is imperative to make reading a daily activity. Because most states are now holding children back in the third grade if they do not score proficient in reading, they are being tested upon entering kindergarten. Children are being labeled before they even have a chance to sit in a classroom. Being read aloud to every day (or reading on their own) is the best way to increase reading success. Include visits to your local library to peruse books and to partake of the many activities and story times they offer.
“A library is a good place to go when you feel unhappy, for there, in a book, you may find encouragement and comfort.”
We are mom Sandra and daughters Amanda and Kate, all with backgrounds in literacy and education, who want to share our philosophy of taking the basics of life; books, simple toys that encourage play, imagination and creativity, and using cooking and baking to teach math and real life skills to raise happy, inquisitive children. Join us in exploring the old and the new and sifting through the myriad of research to consider what is best for our children.