Avoid the #SummerSlide with Soleil Moon Frye | Plus, $50 Target Gift Card Giveaway w/ 10 Books!

School’s been out for a few weeks here in New York and my kids are becoming “Summer Bums.”  They want to sleep in, stay indoors (they are complaining it’s too hot — Hello! It’s Summer!) and just play video games.

Well, I surprised them when I told them I would give them each a weekly packet they would have to complete for this summer.

They whined, complained and they gave me the evil eye. I don’t care. I know it’s summer and they have had a hectic year trying to get good grades but it’s been proven by researchers, that during the summer months, students lose their reading skills — a trend known as “Summer Slide.”
Soleil Moon Frye

Recognizing this trend, Target and Soleil Moon Frye (Punky Brewster!) has committed to helping parents avoid the Summer Slide.

Summer Slide

I’m proud to help Target spread the word on the Summer Slide awareness.  I’m also happy to have had the wonderful opportunity to interview Soleil Moon Frye where she provided answers to my emailed questions. Check out the video below:


And now for the giveaway!


Answer this question:

How are you keeping your children smart this summer? I would love for you to share your helpful tips!


1- Follow @NewYorkChica on Twitter and Tweet this (You can tweet this ONCE a day, if you like):

 I just entered to win a a $50 @Target GC from @newyorkchica http://bit.ly/N8OCvk #SummerSlide #giveaway Ends 7/31

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4- Comment on any other post from the last month for 3 extra entries. Let me know which post you commented on and add in the comment by posting, “Entry #1, Entry#2″. Thx

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6- Post this giveaway onto your Facebook page to spread the word and send link.

7- Post this giveaway onto your Google Plus page and send link.

**Giveaway ends on July 31, 2012 – Midnight.**

**For official giveaway rules, please click here.**

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post.  Target provided me with this giveaway package to share with my readers at no cost. 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. All opinions shared are my own.


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  13. my son is enrolled at a great summer camp where they challenge him with content that won’t be covered until the next school year or 2. He loves the challenges and they break it up with fun stuff.

  14. Debbie R says:

    I encourage the kids to read to me and let them read directions while we are cooking or doing crafts.

  15. Debbie R says:

    Following @NewYorkChica on Twitter as @TNrina

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    Likes New York Chica on FB as Debbie Rinaldi

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    Added you to my G+Circles as Debbie Rinaldi #1

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    Added you to my G+Circles as Debbie Rinaldi #2

  20. Debbie R says:
  21. Taking him to a museum!

  22. we are doing a lot of activity books to keep his brain in shape.

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  25. ky2here says:

    we play word games together

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    following NewYorkChica twitter as ky2here1, https://twitter.com/ky2here1/status/229592223736528898

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  28. Meghan Finley says:
  29. By keeping them reading during the summer

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  35. tweet I just entered to win a a $50 @Target GC from @newyorkchica http://bit.ly/N8OCvk #SummerSlide #giveaway Ends 7/31
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  36. Sylvie W says:

    When we visit historical sites, we learn about them beforehand so they really can absorb what they are seeing.

  37. Daniel M says:

    we go to the library every week, i pick something educational and they pick something fun

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  39. Eileen Burke says:

    We have a reading chart and they get a prize for every 10 books they read 🙂

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    I “Like” New York Chica on Facebook.

  41. Eileen Burke says:

    I added you on google + entry 1

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    I added you on google + entry 2

  43. By offering incentives for reading a certain number of books.

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