Research has shown that many students feel the effects of the “summer slide”, or a regression of learning, over the weeks we are off of school in the summer. One important way to combat this slide, instill lifelong learning habits, provide safe activities for your child, and to connect with your child is to keep him or her reading! Here are some great resources for keeping summer reading fun and productive:
Jefferson Parish Public Library– There are many free resources for members of the library. You can go to any location and participate in fun events, have free computer/internet usage, and have your child complete the summer reading challenge. There are free, East Bank and West Bank summer reading program kick-off parties, called Librarypalooza, happening Saturday, June 3rd.
Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program– Barnes and Noble is rewarding your child for reading 8 books this summer by giving them a free book of their choice from an age-appropriate list. Simply complete the form on the site (available in English and Spanish) and bring it to a Barnes and Noble location. While there to redeem your child’s free book, check out some of the store’s free, children’s literature events too. Link to the Metairie store events calendar can be found here.
Scholastic’s Big Kids Reading Site– Check out this fun site where big kids can get and leave book recommendations, participate in a summer reading challenge, play games, watch literature based videos and read articles.
Scholastic’s Little Kids Reading Site– This site is similar to the one above, but geared for younger students (ages 3-7 is suggested by site). There are suggested family activities, educational websites, games, stories, and printable pages.