Did you know that today, July 13th, is National Summer Learning Day? Sponsored by the National Summer Learning Association, it’s a day of advocacy and nation-wide educational initiatives aimed at elevating the importance of keeping kids learning, safe, and healthy every summer, ensuring they return to school in the fall ready to succeed in the school year.
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Vermont has suffered through a rainy early summer. One rainy Saturday, I had a perfectly planned visit to the paint-your-own-pottery studio. My daughter and her friend had exchanged gift certificates for birthday presents; we spent the car ride analyzing the advantages and disadvantages of painting one big thing versus painting a few small items.
Reading during the summer can be a bit of a battle. My kids want to chill out with devices or go swimming, and, while they like to read, it’s just not on the top of their to-do list now that school has dismissed for the summer.
Once a year, the CLiF Staff and Board of Directors get together to discuss what CLiF has done over the past year, what’s coming up, and to enjoy dinner together while taking a breather from our busy, busy lives. That happened at CLiF World HQ on Monday, and this year, we had a lot to talk about.
(See photo above – Back Row (L to R): Program Director Meredith Scott, Secretary Dan Lynch, outgoing Board Chair Glenn Curie, Rick Roesch, incoming Board Chair Mitzi Barrett, Treasurer Matt Rightmire, Program Manager Jana Brown; Front Row (L to R): Executive Director Duncan McDougall, Jess Eakin, Laura Rice, Data/Office Manager Stephanie Kucinskas, Communications Manager Erika Nichols-Frazer, Deb Nelson.
If the summer shapes up to be like spring has been here in Vermont, I suggest stocking up on summer reading for the whole family. Not to belabor the point, but It’s been a wet one, and one of the few therapies for cold, wet weather is losing oneself in a great book.
Make reading with your child a priority over the summer months. Regular read-alouds or solo reading time throughout the summer months is extremely important. These sessions may be the only times your child will read, or be exposed to reading, this summer.
Last night, CLiF staff, board members, past grantees and volunteers joined more than 50 folks from the Monadnock region of New Hampshire at the Mariposa Museum & World Cultures Center in Peterborough, NH to celebrate literacy and learn more about CLiF’s work promoting a love of reading and writing across the region.
CLiF runs more than 500 literacy events, gives away $550,000 in children’s books, and serves thousands of children each year to nurture a love of reading and writing among low-income, at-risk, and rural kids (up to age 12) in Vermont and Hampshire.
I love that my daughter enjoys team sports – from kick ball at recess to organized youth soccer, it gives us tons to discuss. There are all the traditional benefits of team sports – learning to win and lose gracefully, to understand how the individuals work within a team, to interact with coach/another adult, to balance confidence and humility, and to have fun running around and being with other kids.