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Don’t let the 'summer slide' happen to your child

June 21, 2011
Submitted by MARGIE BYERS

The "summer slide," is what happens when young minds sit idle for three months. Children who do not read over the summer will lose more than two months of reading achievement.

Summer reading loss is cumulative. By the end of sixth grade, children who lose reading skills over the summer will be two years behind their classmates. Research shows that students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of summer vacation.

“Summer time is a great time for families to learn new and fun things together or to read together," said Marilyn Graham, Lee County Library System Manager of Public Services. "The library is a resource to help children and families find hobbies, interests and instruction at no cost.”

How can you keep your child reading and busy this summer? Check out lots of books at your Lee County Library. Help your children experience the fun of reading by introducing the concept that through reading they can: escape; become an expert; find adventure; have a few laughs; see the world; travel through time; use their brains; get some free advice; discover new interests; learn to draw; make origami; train the dog; take great pictures or design a dress. The librarians or you can help your child find books that fit their interests.

In addition, the library can provide lists of popular reading by age group as well as the Accelerated Reader Program list. Libraries have reading programs where kids earn stickers that they can redeem for a free book; and teens can earn Teen Bucks which they can use at the end of summer party in an auction for all kinds of cool stuff.

Visit and click on Teens or Kids to learn more about the program or to find the newest books at the library, then click on parents to see recommended books.



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