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Slowing the Summer Slide--Part I: Literacy

Summer is nearly here! While kids may be rejoicing about the prospect of a summer break, parents and educators may wonder what they can do to combat the dreaded "Summer Slide"--a time when many students lose or forget the skills they learned during the school year. As all educators know, kids who are already below grade level in their reading are especially at risk when summer break hits. Summertime and the Reading Is Easy? During the school year, struggling readers may receive more hands-on help from teachers and supplemental digital programs like Imagine Language & Literacy. But all bets are off once kids leave for the summer break. For one thing, not all parents have the luxury of being at home with kids during the summer months. What's more--daycare, summer camps, and even summer school can be expensive for a lot of families. Even parents who work may not have the means to fight the summer slide in the traditional ways. So, what's a parent to do?
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Hang Tight, Teachers--Summer's Almost Here

It's almost time for school to end for the year. And--if you're like most educators--you're counting the days until summer vacation. But before you get there, why not take a little time to celebrate the great accomplishments of your class? Imagine Learning can help make the end-of-year transition less hectic and a lot more fun. Video fun Your students have done a lot of learning this year, thanks to you. Sounds like a great excuse to make a personalized video!
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Ten books to read along with your kids this summer

You’ve been to story time at the library. You’ve been to the pool. You’ve been to the zoo, had a campout, and even gone to the museum—twice! But now that those first weeks of summer are over, the excitement of the break is wearing off and you’re running out of ways to keep your struggling reader from spending hours in front of the television or video game screen. Instead of asking your child to read another book or listen to you read aloud to the whole family, try a different approach: Find a great book that both you and your child will enjoy reading and read it together. Not out loud, but on your own at the same time—sort of like a book club.
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