OMAHA, NE (KMTV) — Anna Strohm, a preschool teacher at Legacy School, runs a program called Literacy Launch to help kids avoid the summer slide. Now she's adapting it online and offering free suggestions on social media.
“I hope parents can use my online program as a tool to fight the slide that could happen because we are out of school for so long,” Strohm said.
She has the free activities broken up on Pinterest boards. Read, play write, and solve. Each week she releases a new board.
“Do whatever works for your family,” Strohm said. “Make sure your children are enjoying it. You want to make sure they're having fun, expressing their creativity. If it seems like a chore or there’s extra pressure they're going to step out or back off and not want to participate and I think that’s the last thing we want as parents.”
She said get creative with learning like practicing writing with things other than a pencil and paper.
“You can actually use your finger to form letters in sand or salt, sprinkles,” Strohm said. “Things that you already have at home. Anytime you use more than one sense it's going to stick in your brain much better that way.”
She said don't put too much pressure on yourself. Do the activities that work for your family. Making any school work sent by a teacher priority. She recommends reading with your kids for at least 20 minutes a day, maybe amping it up now that they’re not in school all day.