Schools and libraries urge kids to read for fun and to avoid "summer slide"

CINCINNATI – Long summer days at the neighborhood pool or playing video games may give students a chance to recharge their batteries for the coming school year, but it they also can rob them of a full month of learning, according to multiple studies of "summer slide."

But don't cart your kids off to summer school just yet. Greater Cincinnati schools and libraries are offering students many ways to keep their vocabularies growing and their minds engaged, balanced with feeling like they're still on break.

"One of the pieces is to make it fun and engaging," said Andrea Faulkner, Cincinnati Public Schools Language Arts Curriculum Manager.

If a student loves basketball, he can read a biography of a basketball star, about the history of basketball or any other aspect of the game that sparks his interest.

A student who is interested in the "Harry Potter" series can read a book with her mom and then watch the corresponding movie with her, giving the student the chance to analyze the differences in plot, what was left out of the movie, etc., Faulkner said.

Many school programs orbit around The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County's extensive summer activities for children and adults.

WCPO Insiders can read what schools are doing across the region to keep kids' brains sharp.

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