So your kids have been doing pretty well at school. They're doing something that vaguely resembles what they are supposed to do, not too many cranky phone calls from the teachers, there's evidence that they're learning new things.....
And then comes Summer in a blaze of heat, dirty feet, sweaty armpits, day trips and icy-pole-sticky fingers. It passes in a blur.
When they go back to school, you realise that the things they could do before the holidays are suddenly too difficult. Books they were reading last year are now too hard. The new teacher looks weary and seems to be revisiting last year's work.
You, and your kids, are not alone here. Summer holidays are (mostly) glorious, but there is a tendency for children to lose some of the academic achievement gains made in the school year as they disengage from participation in educational activities and academic routines during the summer.
This loss of learning over the summer months is often referred to as the ‘Summer Slide’. Research continues to demonstrate that access to books, involvement in fun recreational reading programs and extending connections to literature through arts and STEM activities has proven to combat the Summer Slide.
As a free, public, community space, laden with reading materials and resources, we are best placed to help you and your family to combat the Summer Slide . It is our goal to help support your family’s continued literacy development.
We offer a host of fun events and activities as a part of our annual Summer Reading Clubopens a new window. Children and young people ages 3-18 have the opportunity to join up for FREE and win prizes - just for reading books. Whether they are interested in illustration, craft, game creation or VR, there's something on offer for everyone.
So when December 1 rolls around, be one of the first to join up and help your kids to stay off that Summer Slide.