1 Book Every 12 Seconds!

Earlier this month, News Channel 2 “jumped in” in a big way! In partnership with Jump In! Nashville and Book’em, News Channel 2 organized a book drive on July 11 that collected over 3,750 books to distribute to children. Across the 12-hour book drive, that comes out to one book donated every 12 seconds! Jump In is honored and grateful …

Tips for Parents: Grocery Store Literacy

Reading can (and should!) happen anywhere and everywhere. In fact, reading in situations that don’t necessarily involve books, like trips to the grocery store or walks in the park, can be a particularly great place to reinforce the importance and the fun of reading, and give children a chance to use their reading and critical thinking skills in real-life situations. …

5 Steps for Brain-Building Serve and Return

How can everyday activities help you build a strong relationship with your child and help grow them into a great reader? The Center of the Developing Child at Harvard University suggests five simple steps for how to practice “serve and return,” which are the back-and-forth interactions that children and caregivers have all the time. These types of interactions play a …

Talk, Read, and Sing Together Every Day!

Talking with your children is so important to help grow them into strong readers and learners – even when they are just babies. The “Talking Is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing” public awareness campaign has put together some great tips for how to work these activities into your everyday routine. Here are some highlights:   For babies: Listen to the sounds …

Reading Milestones

Do you know what reading milestones your child should be reaching at each age to stay on track? GreatSchools.org put together a series of videos demonstrating skills that students should have or be working on at various grades, starting in kindergarten. These videos show examples of important reading skills, such as fluency, vocabulary and reading comprehension. Check them out here …

Metro Water Little Library

Businesses and organizations across Nashville are “jumping in” to help increase access to books and make sure every Nashville family knows about the importance of reading 20 minutes each day for a bright future. One of our Jump In partners is Metro Water Services, which now has a “Little Library” in its customer service center! While visiting, kids and families …