Read Aloud 15 Minutes launched their “Seize the Summer” campaign today, reminding parents that children don’t stop growing during the summer, so they shouldn’t stop learning either! The campaign encourages parents to include books on their list of summer essentials and to use reading as a source of exploration and adventures this summer.
Read Aloud 15 Minutes is a national non-profit organization that is working to make reading aloud every day for at least 15 minutes the new standard in child care. When every child is read aloud to for 15 minutes every day from birth, more children will be ready to learn when they enter kindergarten, more children will have the literacy skills needed to succeed in school, and more children will be prepared for a productive and meaningful life after school.
The summer campaign specifically seeks to combat what’s commonly known as the summer slide. “The National Summer Learning Association estimates that two months of learning may be lost over the summer months, and low-income children are especially vulnerable,” says Read Aloud 15 Minutes Executive Director, Bob Robbins. “We believe that reading aloud every day can not only stop learning loss, but actually build knowledge and skills.”
Visit www.readaloud.org for a variety of resources and tips for reading aloud. If you’re interested in reading to children in Durham as part of our Readers as Leaders program, please contact Davida Major, Operations & Volunteer Coordinator at the Partnership.