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Preventing the Summer Slide

I talked to a friend who’s a teacher and asked her what she would say to moms this summer and without a second’s hesitation she said: “READ! Keep those kids reading through the summer!” Ugh! Why couldn’t she say: “The beach! Get those kids to the beach this summer!” Or, “the ice cream shop or the mall! Those kids need more dessert!” Anybody? *crickets* I had grand intentions to be in the library every week this summer picking out new books for my daughter but my big confession is that I’ve only been there once this summer. So, I am talking to myself and maybe a couple other moms out there and committing to take some time to get her reading this summer and avoid what teachers call the “summer slide.” Tips: • Get caught reading! Let them see you reading. • Have lots of books or kids magazines available for easy to pick up reading. • Get series of books to keep them interested.

And then, call me and we’ll go to the beach and eat ice cream!

I do the ‘Real Moms of West Michigan’ segments on Star 105.7 with Tommy and Brook every Tuesday morning around 7:05 AM. If you are not in the West Michigan area you can listen on iHeart radio

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