Halfway through July, I finally made a list of must-do summer activities. (How does summer always manage to go by so quickly?!) Whether you are a CLiF partner taking a well-deserved break, fully engrossed in summer reading, or managing kids at home or in a program, we can still make summer fun intersect with reading and writing. CLiF offers the following ideas and insights to help keep excitement up around reading and writing for your students and for yourself!



Pre-pandemic, the National Academies of Sciences 2019 report Vibrant and Healthy Kids states: “resilience among kids rests on the well-being of their primary caregivers, which, in turn, rests on the support that the caregivers themselves receive.” While we might prefer to dodge the scary realities of summer slide, increased dependence on technology*, and tough conversations about our world, we are leaders for our kids and students. CLiF hopes you find some quiet moments, meaningful conversations, and good books this summer to sustain you through these challenging times.

*Not counting digital instruction, the amount of time students spend staring at a computer screen jumped 17 percent between 2019 and 2021, a report finds. For children ages 8 to 12, that translates to 5 hours and 33 minutes a day. For teenagers, it’s 8 hours and 39 minutes—as much as they would spend on a full-time job.

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