Reason #49: We Help Prevent Summer Learning Loss

St. Thomas Public Library helps prevent summer learning loss

Welcome lazy-hazy-crazy days of summer! While kids bask in two months of classroom freedom, parents fret about how to prevent learning loss. Studies show that students who spend a summer without books and literacy activities score significantly lower on standardized tests in early September than they do on those same tests in late June.

While summer is a time for children to relax, it’s important that they exercise their brains during their time off to maintain the hard work they put in during the school year.

Enter Superhero St Thomas Public Library to rescue kids from dreaded summer learning loss (SLL). More good news: kids will enjoy their time here so much that they’ll be blissfully unaware of their “brain work” and beg to return.

From mad science to Mindstorm Robotics to music mania, our library offers a multitude of day-long, drop-in events and registration-only programmes that stops summer learning loss in its tracks and fosters creativity. Kids will be encouraged to build, create, discover, explore, tinker, weave, and stretch their imaginations far and wide. They’ll work hands-on with newspaper, cardboard, electronics, Lego, marbles, yarn, wool, and other materials.

As always, our comfortable spaces encourage tiny tots and teens to curl up with any of our 10,000-plus choices shelved all around them. We have old and new classics, graphic novels, magazines, books on CD (listen as you read), non-fiction… yep, basically something for everyone all summer long.

Pre-readers can wade through picture book bins (spot a picture of a dinosaur or a bear or vehicles or other themes and forage for favourites), grab one (or two or three) and climb into Mum or Dad’s lap. Jump onto an early literacy computer or iPad preloaded with literacy games that build print awareness and vocabulary skills. Root around in our animal bins filled with activities chosen to help build literacy skills (and we change these frequently).Use our puppet stage and puppets to perform a play for an audience of parents and siblings.

Yes, when it comes to preventing summer learning loss, our library has students more than covered. When children and teens return to the classroom, parents can count on considerable gains.

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