Summer Spells SUCCESS

Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 by LoraLibrarian

Summer Learning Day is June 21, 2013 and the National Summer Learning Association offers some great ideas and tips for exercising your child’s mind during the summer months when school is out. To succeed in school and life, children and young adults need ongoing opportunities to learn and practice essential skills.



Boy reading booksGeneral Tips

  • Visit a library and check out books that interest your child.
  • Participate in free programs – whether at the library or other community based organization.
  • Make time to read every day.
  • Focus on communication and encourage your child to discuss or write about the books he or she is reading.
  • Take free or low cost education trips to parks, museums, zoos and nature centers.
  • Play outside and learn about nature.
  • Participate in a community service project and teach your child how to volunteer in your community. Volunteering builds compassion for others as well as community pride.

Girl dancingMusic & Movement


Mother reading to childrenRead Together

  • Snuggle up in a cozy chair and read together.
  • Let your child turn the pages.
  • Point out new words and name new things you see.
  • Ask your child to describe what they see on the page.


Boy countingUse Math in Everyday Situations


Girl writingWrite Stuff Down


Family playing outdoorsPlaces to Go, and Things to Do

  • Take educational trips to your local museum, zoo, park, or nature center.
  • Include your child in your gardening. Visit your local nursery, and let your child help choose plants that will best suit your planned garden, along with supplies.
  • Get active and take a nature hike, play soccer, or go for a swim at your community pool.
  • Visit the grocery store and talk about shapes, colors, and the texture of things.

Tagged: Library News, School Readiness, Summer Reading