Help End Summer Learning Loss

| June 18, 2015

A letter from a Stand for Children member, Ruby Martinez:

“It’s finally summer — and my 5-year-old, Izick, and I could not be happier.

Summer means camping and making crafts and playing soccer. But in our home, summer also means books. Lots and lots of books.

Did you know that children can lose up to 3 months of reading skills during the summer? By the end of elementary school, these losses can add up to 2 whole grade levels!

Join Izick and me in helping to end summer learning loss. Sign up for our Summer Reading Challenge today!

Here’s how it works: The challenge is open to anyone with a child in their lives — parents, guardians, grandparents, mentors.

Just make sure your child reads, with or without you, for at least 2 hours every week. They can read for 30 minutes a day for 4 days or 17 minutes a day for 7 days — whatever’s easiest.

At the end of 4 weeks, a prize will be given to a winner drawn at random.

In our home, my son likes to pick out the books that he wants to read, even if it means reading the same one for a week straight. Then we work through them together, one word at a time.

Our favorites are the funny ones. When a book makes him laugh, he can’t wait to find out what happens next!

So go outside, soak up the sunshine, and enjoy the summer. Just make sure to pack some books with you — and sign your child up for our Summer Reading Challenge by Monday, June 22:

It’s a great way to keep your child learning all year long.

Ruby Martinez
Stand for Children member “

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