Stop the “Summer Learning Slide,” Read & Visit the Library!

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, 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.

Published in: on July 27, 2010 at 8:15 pm  Leave a Comment  

Time to play and explore ideas is important for the Development of Creativity


For an excellent article about creativity, how it’s developed, and how the creative mind works, read these two articles in Newsweek, July 19, 2010: The Creativity Crisis  and Forget Brainstorming 

“In early childhood, distinct types of free play are associated with high creativity.  Preschoolers who spend more time in role-playing (acting out characters) have higher measures of creativity . . . .”  “In middle childhood, kids sometimes create paracosms–fantasies of entire alternative worlds. Kids revisit their paracosms repeatedly . . . . This type of play peaks at agae 9 0r 10, and it’s a very strong sign of future creativity.  It’s important not to encourage kids to go straight to the “right” answer, but to encourage creative problem solving and fact finding.  It’s essential that kids and youth ask “Why?” repeatedly.  When they stop asking why, they lose interest and motivation.  For books about creativity, children, and the importance of “play,” visit any of the six Clayton County public libraries.


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