Maintaining academic skills over the summer is a concern for teachers and parents. One of the major concern for many parents is the balance of giving children a welcome reprieve from the classroom, just letting them be children, and keeping their hard earned skill set so they may feel confident for their next grade.
There are several ways parents combat learning loss. Many parents decide to enroll their children in a summer school. Usually aimed for children with academic difficulties however some summer schools are designed for enrichment. Some parents hire a tutor to maintain or enrich their child’s academic skills over the summer.
· Contact your child’s teacher for a specific list of your child’s needs.
· The most important thing you can do to help your child maintain skills is to have him read for a certain time each day.
· Get reading lists from your child’s teacher, libraries, and on-line sites.
· Encourage your child to join your local library summer reading club.
· Let your child choose their summer reading material, novels, sport stories, magazines and books to his study favorite hobbies.
· Set aside some time to read out loud to him.
· It is important to encourage your child to write each day. This is easily done by writing letters and emails to friends and family. A summer diary works well.
· If you spend a small amount of time (Just 15 minutes a day.) working on specific areas of concern it can add up to a lot of learning by the end of the summer.
· Keep all summer lessons short and consider offering occasional rewards to keep him motivated.
A great tool for parents to use is the award-winning Summer Bridge Activities(R) workbook series. It is aligned to Common Core State Standards and was developed to help parents support their children academically. Summer Bridge Activities(R) remains the #1 choice recommended by teachers to stop summer learning loss. In only 15 minutes a day, the activities in the Summer Bridge Activities(R) workbook help your child keep skills sharp.
Each workbook is divided into three sections: Sections begin with a goal-setting activity, a word list, and information for parents about the fitness and character development activities located throughout the section. There are also extension activities to encourage outdoor learning, science experiments, social studies exercises, flash cards and a colorful award certificate.
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Rhonda Cratty includes her experiences of 30 years of public school teaching, raising children of her own, and articles written for on-line and hard copy publications -within the pages of Learning at home. Learning at home can be purchased in print or eBook form through Amazon.com. http://www.amazon.com/dp/1494917203