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Monday, May 21, 2018

Prevent Summer Slide...READ-2-GETHER

Did you know that on average, students lose about two months of grade level equivalency in math and reading over the summer?  Teachers spend the first four to six weeks of the new school year re-teaching material that students learned from the previous year. This loss is typically known as "summer slide."

The Roselle Public Library can help prevent the "summer slide." Every year we offer an awesome program where we pair a teen with a young reader.  What is this program, you ask?  Its name is READ-2-GETHER.  Tell me more, you say?  Why I'd love to tell you about it.  This program is for children going into grades 1-3 in the fall who need to practice to maintain or improve their reading skills.  The teens are instructed on how to work with the younger children and the program is supervised by our wonderful Youth Services staff.

READ-2-GETHER is held for four weeks in June.  You have a choice of either a Monday or Thursday evening, beginning on June 4 and continuing through June 25 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Children will read together with their teen buddies for 20 minutes, then receive a snack and do a fun activity.  The program is limited to 10 children for each session.  Registration begins May 7, in person or by phone.

What if this program doesn't fit in your schedule?  Then don't worry, the library can still help you.  Consider participating in our summer reading program (more information coming next week).  Stop by to see us for some reading recommendations for the summer; we are really good at this!  Check out our audiobooks to listen to on long trips.  Grab a cooking book and help your child follow simple recipes.  This will help with math skills too, like fractions and measurement.  Another activity to encourage math skills is to create number books of things you collect or do during the summer.  You can practice estimation skills by guessing how far and how long a road trip will be.  Challenge children to compute arrival times and miles traveled.  All these ideas can help stop summer slide!

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