Teachers dread the infamous “summer slide,” or when kids’ skills regress over the summer. Parents likewise don’t want their kids to lose achievement gains over the summer. Reading is a fundamental way to head off the summer slide and can actually advance your child’s skills. I know from first-hand experience the importance of a summer reading program.
Last summer I enrolled my primary school-aged daughter in our local library’s summer reading program. Reading provided a more educational alternative to TV. In the fall, my daughter was assigned to the same teacher as last year (the teacher moved up in grade). This teacher knew my daughter’s pre-summer reading level (average). Come fall, the teacher asked me if my daughter read over the summer. Why? Because she saw a marked improvement in my daughter’s reading skills (above grade level). Reading throughout the summer made a big difference for my daughter.
Bug Camp 2017 Summer Reading Program
Now kids everywhere can foster their love of reading and halt the summer slide through Bug Camp 2017. This free online kids summer reading program from Cricket Media launched June 5. It provides nine weeks of ad-free stories, games, and activity ideas via the company’s Keeping Tech in Check initiative, launched in partnership with the Parents’ Choice Foundation. Kids of all ages can participate in Bug Camp 2017.
Also in June, Cricket Media joins PBS Parents to help bridge the summer learning gap through PBS’ annual summer learning initiative, “Summer of Adventure.” Families may download Cricket Media’s free “My Nature Journal” at PBS Parents’ summer site.
As a special deal to get summer reading rolling, Cricket Media is offering a “3 for 5” magazine exclusive subscription deal. Families may order 3 magazines for $5, for a limited time, from the Cricket Media Shop.
A summer reading program can help stop the summer slide, so check out Bug Camp 2017 for a free option for kids!