Current research warns that many students undergo a “summer learning loss” due to the lack of stimulating activities during the summer, The Case Against Summer Vacation, Time Magazine. Many articles reporting this research indicate that students often lack the resources and opportunities for imaginative, stimulating summer learning enrichment activities. Luckily, creative learning activities may be devised at home by families. In addition, free learning enrichment activities occur all year at your local public library. Across the country, public libraries intensify programming during the summer for youth of all ages and conduct Summer Reading Programs to encourage children and teens to read all summer. Some summer reading activities are available at Reading Rockets Summer Reading Information compiled by the New York Public Library and others on the positive, long-lasting effects of summer reading may be found at Importance of Summer Reading .
Remember that Clayton County Library System’s annual Summer Reading Program for children, teens, and adults continues through August 31. Just visit any of the county’s six libraries, register, and pick up a reading log. When a child finishes reading, or listening to, 18 books, he/she may return with his/her reading log to that same library and receive a certificate and select a free paperback book to keep. When a teen has read for 9 hours, he/she may return with the reading log to receive a certificate and a free book. Call the library for details about the adult reading program–remember that kids who see their parents reading are motivated to read themselves. Group leaders may register youth in their programs by contacting Janice Arcuria, firstname.lastname@example.org or 770 210 5238. The library encourages group leaders to read aloud to youth of all ages.
For younger children with Internet access, Clayton County Library System provides free access to Tumble Books, online e-books. Animated book reviews can be found at Read the Books. Reviews for, and by, teens can be found at TCC (Teens of Clayton County)
Listed below are two books describing parents who challenged their children to acheive excellence even in difficult situations.