Home > School and Learning > Study Skills and Resources > Study Skills > Summer Learning > Kick-Start Summer Learning: 5 Motivation Strategies for Kids with LD

Slideshow Iconslideshows MORE

|

Kick-Start Summer Learning: 5 Motivation Strategies for Kids with LD

5 of 6
Summer Learning Tips for LD, teen doing homework for summer learning

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.

Next: More popular galleries

stay connected

Sign up for our free email newsletters and receive the latest advice and information on all things parenting.

Enter your email address to sign up or manage your account.

Facebook icon Twitter icon Follow Us on Pinterest

editor’s picks

highlights

Pin the Star on the Christmas Tree Game
Looking for a great Christmas game to play with your kids? Print our free Pin the Star on the Christmas Tree game for loads of family fun!

Kindergarten Readiness App Wins Gold
Our Kindergarten Readiness app won the Gold Award of Excellence in the educational category at the 2014 Communicator Awards. This valuable checklist comes with games and activities to help your child practice the essential skills she needs for kindergarten. Download the Kindergarten Readiness app today!

Top Family Movies in Theaters for the Holidays
Taking the kids to the movies is a special family treat for the holidays! Don't miss 2014's best family films in theaters from Thanksgiving through Christmas.

Find Today's Newest & Best Children's Books!
Looking for newly released books for your child? Try our new Book Finder tool to search for new books by age, type, and theme, and create reading lists for kids!