Want the Kids to Avoid 'Summer Slide'? Enter into the iVillage and PBS KIDS Summer Reading Challenge!

With school almost out for summer, you're probably trying to figure out all the different ways you can keep the kids busy for two -- two! -- whole months without using the TV as the babysitter. Guess what? You're in luck. We've got just the thing you've been hoping for: The iVillage-PBS KIDS Summer Reading Community Challenge

What is the iVillage-PBS Summer Reading Community Challenge?

The challenge is designed to keep kids reading (and being read to) all summer long, which will help keep their little minds sharp and engaged throughout the summer months. Sure, it's natural for kids to forget some of what they’ve learned in school, but this challenge is aimed at preventing just that -- 'summer slide.'

This year, my five-year-old and I will do the challenge together. Best of all, the challenge brings together a community of families who are interested in the same goal: reading! The challenge is free, yes free, and includes the following:

Daily Assignment Emails

The emails come chock full of assignment ideas you and the kids can enjoy together.

Expert Coaching

Angela Santomero, creator and executive producer of your kids' fave TV show, Super WHY, will offer tips and advice.

24/7 Support

The coach and other parents can answer your questions in our challenge community.

Plus, book suggestions for kids of all ages, guest coaches, interviews, free downloads of PBS KIDS shows and a chance to win daily prizes!

The challenge starts June 6, 2011, but you can still sign up! Just visit The iVillage + PBS KIDS Summer Reading Community Challenge for more information. 

Your iVoice from Chicago,

Beth Engelman


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