"Brain drain." "Summer slide." No matter what you call it, the phenomenon of students losing months of math and reading skills during the eight-week summer vacation scares parents and teachers alike.
Mommy Poppins is partnering with the New York Public Library as it kicks off its Summer Reading Challenge 2016 to keep kids learning and engaged throughout the summer. NYPL is challenging kids (and you too) to read just 20 minutes a day—every day this summer. It has a trove of reading lists, a June 9 block party (remember NYC schools are closed this day!), which we'll be hanging out at too, and even a book review contest where kids have the chance to win Yankees tickets, meet a player, and take a bow on the field.
And we're doing our part, too. We'll be hosting our very first Facebook Live chat, streaming from the library's Battery Park location on Tuesday, June 14, where we'll be talking with a children's librarian about the top tips for making this challenge fun and how to encourage a reading habit at any age.
We've also listed below more than 50 ideas for enriching exploration and edu-tainment around NYC that are sure to keep kids engaged throughout the summer. You can find even more STEAM and reading fun ideas in our Summer Slide Busters guide.
Just because school is out doesn't mean learning has to stop, right? I know we're already filling up our bag with NYPL's adult summer reading suggestions!