Preventing The Summer Slide: A Video Chat With Target’s Mommy Ambassador Soleil Moon Frye

There’s lots of research showing that kids can lose reading skills over the summer months – and in fact lose something like one full month of learning by the fall.  This is a real phenomenon – starting with kids as young as first graders – and for many kids it means that they will be playing catch-up when school starts up again. So how can you prevent the slide?

In principle, it’s pretty simple – you need to keep your kid reading throughout the summer. And it doesn’t matter so much what they are reading (it can be fun stuff) as long as they are reading consistently. But the problem is that without the structure of the school year (and we all like a break from that routine), it can be easy to let reading slide.

Given this, I’m pleased to be able to share a video chat I conducted with Target’s Mommy Ambassador Soleil Moon Frye (aka the former Punky Brewster). She shares fun ideas about finding ways to keep kids reading, including things that work well with her daughters. Just click on the link below to hear her good thoughts on preventing the summer slide:

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  1. [...] Teachers more than anyone know just how real the “summer slide” phenomenon is. Take a student out of his or her learning rhythm and they will begin to lose ground.  At least one  month, according to recent studies. [...]