[/b]School is out for the summer and it's time for families everywhere to travel out of town, hit the beach and take advantage of the time off.[/b] But educators quickly note that the vacation can also be a time of learning loss, with school-aged children on average forgetting approximately two-months worth of academic instruction, according to the National Summer Learning Association.
To cultivate a fun summer learning experience at home, in the air or on the road, the national award-winning bilingual literacy program, Read Conmigo, will be offering free books, online and mobile resources as well as weekly summer survival kits to help parents counteract the "Summer Slide."
"We understand the importance of reading as a means of keeping children on a sound academic track. We're proud to offer Read Conmigo to all Los Angeles parents as a thought-provoking tool that will encourage learning anytime, anywhere during these crucial summer months," stated Greg Fasking, Vice President, Consumer Marketing with Infinity Auto Insurance.
In addition to unlimited access to English-Spanish children's books, activity kits and an array of online resources for computers and mobile devices, Read Conmigo also includes useful "Summer Slide" tips for parents to help prevent reading erosion during the vacation. Some of these tips include:
‘«ů Keep a book in every nook and cranny ‘«Ű car, child's backpack, every room
‘«ů Play letter sound games to learn the alphabet and words
‘«ů Be a reading example. Students emulate parents who are avid readers
‘«ů Tie reading to everyday life this summer, in between activities
‘«ů Keep a list of books everyone has read this summer (four books recommended)
To learn more about Read Conmigo, receive free books and win a summer survival kit, visit www.ReadConmigo.org.