Kick-Start Summer Learning: 5 Motivation Strategies for Kids with LD
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Work in Advance
For older kids, find out if summer work can be counted "in advance" for next year. It would help to lighten the load, if certain tasks could be done — or at least started — in advance. Here are some ideas and examples:
- A middle-school or high-school student could have a lot of fun locating websites and bookmarking topics to be addressed in the first part of next year.
- Creating outlines for long-term assignments can be a time-saver later on.
- Pre-reading chapters of books or underlining key words can help pave the way to success.
- You or a tutor can sign a form indicating that your child read certain books during the summer, thereby earning your child precious free time or study time in the coming year.
- Your younger child can create props for a puppet show or skit that would demonstrate his understanding of a book he read or a topic he studied over the summer. This integrates the arts into summer learning and raises the fun factor.
Keep in mind that doing this kind of "up front" work has to be considered valid in the fall, or the plan will fail and your child will be disappointed and rightfully angry. Make sure you have the full agreement of next year's teachers and/or guidance counselors. When class gets underway, your child shouldn't have more work, but should have more time to do the work that needs to be done at the beginning of the year. The point of this strategy is to help kids get a much stronger start in the fall and balance the workload between the summer and the school year.
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