Children and teens who aren't actively reading or participating in other learning activities during the summer can succumb to the "summer slide," the loss of knowledge and achievement gains made during the school year.
Reading for just 20 minutes a day, listening to books and exploring new types of materials like magazines can help prevent summer learning loss and set kids up for success in the new school year. Best of all, all these materials are available for free with your library card!
Parents and caregivers can also help stem the summer slide by reading themselves, setting a good example for children who tend to read more when they see adults in their lives doing so.
Parents can also help their children stay engaged and continue learning through the MDPLS Homework Help & Tutoring Program. Free tutoring sessions with certified teachers will be available throughout the summer in person at select branches on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. from June 11 through August 13 and online on Wednesdays from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. from June 15 through August 10. Tutoring is available in reading, math and science. For more information, visit www.mdpls.org/tutor.