National Summer Learning Day takes place on July 14, 2016. This is an annual advocacy day led by the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) which focuses on the importance of keeping kids and teens learning, safe, and healthy over the summer. While many think of summer as a time off from school and learning, it’s critically important that children actively participate in many different learning and reading activities during the summer. The brain is like any other muscle- use it or lose it! Children who do not participate in learning can suffer from the “Summer Slide” which is a demonstrated loss of up to three months’ worth of knowledge.
The “Summer Slide” can easily be prevented by participating in educational programs locally at libraries, at museums, or at other cultural institutions. A great example in New York is Summer Reading at New York Libraries. Public libraries across the state host fun and exciting Summer Reading programs free of cost for all kids- newborns all the way up to teens! Many public libraries also offer summer snacks and meals in conjunction with their library programs, so kids have a safe place to have fun and learn while on summer vacation.
You can find out more about National Summer Learning Day and check out the many great resources available on their website. You can also access a map of summer learning events and locations across the country, and find great learning opportunities while traveling on summer vacation. And if your library or organization is hosting a summer learning event, you can add it to the map by submitting it here.
Find out more about Summer Reading at New York Libraries!