During the summer, students are so excited about being outdoors that reading is often overlooked, and educators quickly note that the summer can be a time of learning loss (aka "Summer Slide") with school-aged children forgetting, on average, approximately two-months' worth of academic instruction, according to the National Summer Learning Association.
To encourage recreational reading while out on vacation, Read Conmigo, the national award-winning bilingual literacy program sponsored by Infinity Auto Insurance, will be hosting a "Summer Reading Scavenger Hunt" on its social media platforms to help children continue to pursue academic excellence and counteract the Summer Slide.
"There are lots of ways that parents can help their children read during the summer," said Mayra Salguero, Read Conmigo's Bilingual Educator of the Year Award Winner from Norwalk, CA. "In addition to reading with your children 30 minutes daily, taking field trips to the library to check out books can be a fun summer activity. Families can also keep a reading log so a child can keep track of how many books they have read during vacation. This will give them a sense of accomplishment before going back to school."
In addition to offering unlimited access to English-Spanish children's books, activity kits and an array of online resources, Read Conmigo is also making Summer Reading Scavenger Hunt suggestions available to families so they can read together this summer to win great prizes. Some of these suggestions include practicing reading:
• At the library;
• To a sibling, grandma, grandpa, friend or even a pet;
• With a flashlight;
• On the sofa, by a window or under a tree; and
• During bedtime.
To participate in Read Conmigo's Summer Reading Scavenger Hunt, visit ReadConmigo.org. Families can post a photo of their summer reading with the tag #ReadConmigo or @ReadConmigo for a chance to win weekly prizes.
For more information on how to receive free Read Conmigo books and access other digital resources, visit www.ReadConmigo.org.