Summer Learning: Maintaining What's Been Learned
During the summer, you should spend a good deal of time helping your kids maintain skills and knowledge they acquired during the year. Mastery is the key here.
Who Can Help?
Who can do this work of summer teaching and learning? Here are some options:
Making the Most of Summer Programs
Some parents enroll kids in summer programs that have both a recreational and academic focus (the former makes the latter more palatable). Schools often offer such programs or sometimes they are available privately. Cost is a factor.
Very good programs help kids acquire new skills and practice old ones. Unfortunately, they do not do a very good job of connecting the learning that has just taken place in school or building a bridge to fall. Ask summer teachers how they can help with this, since you want your child to have a "seamless" learning experience.