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Soleil Moon Frye + Target Share Tips for Beating the Summer Slide

Salt & Nectar (and our trusty junior blogger the Little Dude) had the wonderful opportunity to chat with actress, author, mompreneur, and Target Mommy Ambassador Soleil Moon Frye yesterday about how parents can help kids stay active and avoid the "summer slide."

Research shows that, without practice, students lose reading skills over the summer months. This lag is called the “Summer Slide.” With vacations, camps, and even the temptation of video games, movies, and Apps, it can be easy to forget the lessons learned during the course of the school year. This cognitive loss can be cumulative, meaning students are constantly playing catch up.

How can you help your kids prevent the summer slide? Watch our video interview with Soleil to find out how.

We're already off to a great start embracing Soleil's suggestion to be creative—the Little Dude painted a masterpiece all over his skin while I attempted my first live interview...thank goodness the markers are washable. Now to carry this forward throughout the summer...

Target Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to Anash (Comment #11), who was randomly selected as the winner!

To help you beat the heat and the summer slide, Target is going to give one Salt & Nectar reader a $50 gift certificate and 10 books!

To enter, leave a comment telling us your tips for avoiding the summer slide and keeping your kids' brains engaged.

As always, we will use Random.org to select the winners. The contest will run from today until next Friday, June 15th at 12PM PST.

No purchase is necessary. Odds of winning are based on number of entries received (duplicate entries will be deleted and only one will be counted). This sweepstakes is only open to U.S. residents 18 years or older. Please note that we cannot ship product to a P.O. Box.

To learn more, visit target.com or follow it on Twitter at @Target.

Target provided Salt & Nectar with these giveaway packages to share with my readers at no cost.  

~ The Other Sarah

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Reader Comments (14)

There are a lot more library trips here in the summer, plus we do lots of road trips. This summer we will be driving down the East Coast, checking out all sorts of places and introducing our (four!) kids to DC!

June 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTara

We spend a lot of time in the library picking out new books so he is always excited to explore a new story! We also spend most of our time outside so there are always things happening around us that give us great learning opportunities!

June 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBridget Leet

Before school is out, I make a shopping trip to the bookstore and pick up workbooks for the kids to use during the summer. We also read a lot. Thanks for the chance!

June 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMami2jcn

Since my kids just finished school yesterday, we haven't started yet. However, I have the Bridge series workbooks, plus the library reading program, and a packet from school. We are also using this time to improve physical skills, which my kids need help with.

June 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLexi

We go to local museums and take plenty of trips to the library !
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June 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAubrey

While my son is still pretty young (11 months) and not in school yet, I still plan on taking him to our local library to look at new books and start exposing him to different environments such as museums. He loves being outdoors too so perhaps exploring new hiking trails and new parks.

PS - Punky Brewster was my favorite show on TV when I was a kid! I had every episode recorded on VHS. :) I was excited to see her in your interview!

June 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterErica W.

well we don't have that problem just yet... but iwe take a ton of trips to the zoo and library!!

June 12, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterbrooke t

My kids do a mix of activities to avoid the summer slide. Reading a lot helps and a few math problems thrown into the mix can't hurt either!

June 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChristina Simon

To avoid the "summer slide" I plan a full calendar.
Here are a number of things that we enjoy:
1. Blueberry picking @ the Berry Patch
2. "Fieldtrip" to the local Dump... the kids love the trucks!
3. Beach Days
4. Library visits
5. "Cooking" with Mommy -- Build your own mini pizzas. etc...
6. Swimming in our pool
7. Coloring book / sticker / Paint time
Oh, & everyday we make healthy ice pops to enjoy the following day.
We're Loving summer!
xo, Jen

We go to the bookstore twice a month, and i let my child pick up the books he likes.

June 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterElena

to avoid the summer slide have kids do work each day involving reading even if for only 20 minutes a day! Thanks for a super giveaway!

June 14, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteranash

We go to the library throughout the summer and I let my son pick out books that are interesting to him.

June 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJessica T.

I remember my library always had great incentive programs going on in the summer and the summer was actually when I read the most. My little one is not school aged yet but LOVES reading time :)

June 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Love Soleil's suggestions! We will definitely try to use them- especially creating a little reading nook. Thanks for the great giveaway!

June 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMary Jo

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