Summer Learning: Valuable and Important for Your Child

While everyone looks forward to the carefree days of summer, it’s crucial to help your child reinforce what they’ve learned during the school year and prepare for next year. To stay ahead, make time in your child’s schedule for summer learning.

Did you know?

  • All students experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer.
  • On average, students lose approximately 2.6 months of grade level equivalency in math skills during the summer months.

What you can do now

Before the school year ends, be sure to talk with your child’s teacher(s) to get suggestions for summer workbooks, pleasure books, science activities and other ideas.

Set some goals to motivate your child. For example, you may ask him or her to complete five to 10 math problems from a grade-appropriate workbook a few times a week, and to read a chapter in a pleasure book several days a week. You can set up a rewards system or just make the work part of the summer schedule. Hopefully, if you keep it simple, your child will do it for enjoyment

summer learningCreative ways to learn during summer

  • Visit the library. It’s a great place to promote the love of reading, and the librarian can suggest grade-level books as well as recreational books. Have your child read on his or her own or you can read to your child. Either way, it’s a great way to feed his or her mind over the summer.
  • Check out safe, parent-approved websites. There are many that offer a “summer camp” theme ­– a daily craft activity to do alone or with a parent each day. You can also find brain teasers, videos of important world events and tons of grade-related math, reading and science activities.
  • Plan a vacation. Have your child read about where he or she is going, find it on a map and write about daily activities.
  • Take advantage of local events and culture. Check out museums, the zoo, aquariums, concerts and parks that you don’t usually get to go to or attend during the school year.
  • Don’t stop writing. Have your child keep a daily journal and perhaps
    e-mail friends and relatives about what he or she is doing.

Summer is a great time to catch up and get ahead.

If your child needs extra help or enrichment in a certain subject matter, we offer individualized tutoring for students in grades K-12 during the summer. Our experienced and caring educators provide one-on-one instruction designed to meet your child’s learning style. Without the pressures of schoolwork, your child can focus on a subject or two and take the extra time to absorb the information.

We also offer SAT and ACT test preparation. Your high school student can come for one-on-one tutoring or get together with some friends for some small group sessions. However you like to work, take advantage of the summer pace to get a jump start on fall testing.

For rising first, second and third graders, we are offering small group writing workshops. The classes are designed to focus on one of the biggest challenges being faced in elementary schools, equipping our students to do the TRC (Text Reading Comprehension) written responses to the reading comprehension questions/directions given after they read a selection. Age-specific materials will be used to review pertinent comprehension skills and to guide the students in developing strategies to use in writing complete and coherent responses. The books/activities will be geared to different reading level ranges based on the benchmark goals for beginning the next grade. Sessions are on Fridays from June 19 through August 14.

Contact us to find out more and sign up for summer learning!

 

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