GRAND RAPIDS, Mich - Summer vacation is in full swing, but just because kids are out of school does not mean they have to stop reading and learning. The Mind Meets Music app is a free and innovative resource for parents of early learners, ages four to nine, that helps reduce the effects of the “summer slide” or summer learning loss.

According to the National Summer Learning Association, the summer slide can represent a major setback for early learners, who can lose two to three months of reading and math skills over the summer, with additional effects on lower-income kids. As a solution, Mind Meets Music, a Grand Rapids-based academic achievement program that uses music as a medium for increasing math and reading skills in area classrooms, launched the Mind Meets Music app as free resource for families to help offset the slide.

“We developed the app as a fun and free resource for parents and teachers to share Mind Meets Music with children, outside of the classroom,” explained Monique Salinas PhD, Mind Meets Music’s founder and executive director. “Similar to our classroom curriculum, the Mind Meets Music app utilizes common spelling patterns and musical play, encourages word recognition, and promotes self-regulation and hand-eye coordination which keeps the mind sharp in areas that impact reading and math.”

The app is available for iPhone and Android smartphones and can be downloaded for free in the App Store and Google Play.