By Lily Stephens
(This content was posted July 23, 2018 at KING5 News)
Defined by the Colorado Department of Education, the “summer slide” is the tendency for students, especially those from low-income families, to lose some of the achievement gains they made during the previous school year.” This phenomenon is common across the United States and local libraries in Washington are leading the charge in preventing the slide.
Take 5 intern Lily learned about the summer slide at her local library and has created this list of libraries in the area and their programs to keep kids away from the slide. All activities and programs listed are free.
Check the Sno-Isle Libraries events listings for locations, dates and times
Ready Readers: Toddler, Preschool, Baby and Family Storytime
Storytimes offer a variety of activities that encourage creative thought and imagination. Through adventures in reading, sing-alongs and other creative activities kids can enjoy time with their caregiver and keep their minds stimulated in a constructive manner.
Little Science Lab
“In partnership with Imagine Children’s Museum join us for a 30-minute weekly science, technology, engineering and math program that encourages preschool-age children to explore the world around them. Space is limited to 30 children each class.”
Explore Summer: Spa Scrubs
“Pamper yourself (or whip up a gift for a friend) at this relaxing sugar scrub workshop. Sugar scrubs are gentler than salt scrubs and great for exfoliating: they slough away dead skin cells and nourish the new skin beneath, leaving your skin feeling silky smooth. Mix in different essential oils and colors for a truly unique scrub!” Registration is required
Kids Explore Summer, Summer Reading Program
“Children involved in summer activities that include reading, critical thinking, and hands-on discovery begin the new school year better prepared for school success than those who do not. Studies show that reading just 4-6 books can help stop the dreaded “summer slide.” Take advantage of one of our many free library programs that build skills for school success and spark curiosity–plus they’re FUN!”